Macy's has recalled 121,000 sets of Martha Stewart cookware due to consumer dangers. Metal rivet covers on the pans can pop off when they are subjected to high temperatures. The tiny metal disks pose an injury hazard to consumers because they can fly off and hit them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The recall was announced on Tuesday and it affects Martha Stewart's 10-piece cookware set, which was being sold at Macy's from January 2011 through September 2015 at a price of approximately $170.
3 People Known to Be Injured So Far
Flying metal disks have shot off the cookware and injured three people so far, but those are only the reported injuries.
According to Macy's spokesperson Jim Sluzewski, "The recall was voluntary based on information provided by Macy's to the CPSC as a precaution for the safety of our customers ... We have cooperated fully with the CPSC and are prepared to serve customers who return the recalled pans for refund or replacement."
Consumers in possession of the pans should seek a refund or exchange at the store where they purchased them.
Beware of Cost-Cutting Manufacturing Firms
Manufacturing firms are constantly cutting corners to produce and sell all kinds of products at extremely competitive price points. However, consumers should be wary of cheap goods -- even if they are being sold under a well-known and respected brand name or at a well-known and respected department store. The truth is, quality merchandise and safe products sometimes cost more money to buy and we do sometimes get what we pay for.
That said, price is not the only determiner of quality; just look at all the luxury cars that were recalled for dangerous defects over the last couple of years. If consumers want to sidestep the possibility of buying a dangerous product, they need to do their research. Look up manufacturing company and product reviews published by consumer reports. Consumers might also want to ask friends and family members about their experiences with the products. By doing a little bit of research, consumers will have a better chance of keeping their families safe, while avoiding injuries and the need to pursue a dangerous product claim in court.
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