The first question the popped in my head was, what next. After all the things that have happened this year, and now government officials almost begging us to go easy on Thanksgiving celebrations other than with immediate family who live in our households, comes this giant voluntary recall of crock-pots. It's like somebody or something is trying to tell us something.

This is timely because a bunch of crock-pots will be in use on Thanksgiving Day keeping any number of food items warm or hot, from cocktail weenie appetizers, to mashed potatoes to any number of side dishes. Warming is not the problem. It's if you use this as a pressure cooker, say for a small turkey. And there have been some 900,000 of these sold.

Here's the details on this "voluntary" recall.

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers, Model Number SCCPPC600-V1, which is shown on label on bottom of unit. The multi-cookers were manufactured between July 1, 2017 and October 1, 2018, with date codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. The date code is engraved on one of the prongs of the electrical plug and on the bottom of the base. - United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

According to ABC News, the recall was prompted by reports of a malfunction causing the multi-cooker to be able to pressurize when the lid is not fully locked. This created a potential burn hazard to anyone near the unit.

Sunbeam, the company the makes Crock-pots, received 119 reports of lid detachment, resulting in 99 burn injuries ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns, according to the CPSC.

ABC says if you have one of these units, contact the company immediately to get a free replacement lid. And yes, you can still use the Crock-pot for slow cooking and sautéing but don't use it in pressure cooker mode.

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