Walmart is recalling approximately 1.2 million Rival brand electric water kettles. The appliance’s heating element can fail and rupture, posing burn and shock hazards to the user. Walmart has received 80 reports of incidents, including seven reports of burns.
The recalled electric kettles were made in China and sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide and online at Walmart.com from March 2011 through October 2015 for about $14. The affected Rival brand electric water kettles have model numbers WK8283CU and WK8283CUY, which can be found a product label on the bottom of the kettle. These white plastic water kettles were sold with a warming base and a pitcher. “Rival” is printed beneath a window on the side pitcher that has markings that measure the water levels.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled kettle and return it to any Walmart store for a full refund.