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Recall alert: This popular microwave-safe product can catch fire, so stop using it now

Updated Sep 20th, 2022 5:36PM EDT
A person putting a bowl with vegetables in the microwave.
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Microwavable bowl holders can come in handy for removing hot bowls from the microwave. But they also have to be safe to use inside the device. That obviously means not catching fire during use or afterward. It turns out that Demdaco had to issue a recall for some of the microwavable bowl holders for that very reason. The fabric can char or even catch fire after just three minutes in the microwave.

Demdaco microwavable bowl holder recall

Demdaco issued the microwavable bowl holder recall after receiving three reports of charring from the bowl holder catching fire. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported, similar to the lawnmower recall that occurred.

The company sold about 78,000 microwavable bowl holders in the US that are now part of the recall. On top of that, it sold another 369 units in Canada.

US consumers will find the recall announcement at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Canadian recall authorities also published the recall warning at this link.

Demdaco recall: A microwavable bowl holder in use.
Demdaco recall: A microwavable bowl holder in use. Image source: CPSC

The recall action concerns 27 different designs. Also, Demdaco sold two microwavable bowl holder sizes. The products come in 6.5-inch and 8-inch models. The holders have Demdaco printed on the tag that’s sewn into the side.

The products were available nationwide from June 2020 through March 2022 via gift shops, hardware stores, florists, drug stores, and pharmacies. Additionally, Demdaco sold the bowl holders online at,,, and Customers typically paid about $23 for one microwavable ball holder.

Demdaco recall: An example of microwavable bowl design.
Demdaco recall: An example of microwavable bowl design. Image source: CPSC

What you should do

It’s important to note that the recall announcement doesn’t mention specific SKU numbers for these Demdaco microwavable bowl holders. That means all the bowl holders with Demdaco branding you might own should be considered dangerous if you bought them between June 2020 and March 2022.

If you don’t remember when you purchased yours, you should treat it as a potential fire hazard, even if you haven’t yet seen any charring.

Demdaco urges buyers to immediately stop using the microwavable bowl holders in this recall. Consumers should contact the company for a full refund. You can either return the product to the place of purchase or request free return shipping from Demdaco.

Demdaco recall: An example of microwavable bowl design.
Demdaco recall: An example of microwavable bowl design. Image source: CPSC

American consumers will find contact information at the CPSC — see this link. Canadian buyers should check out the local recall announcement at this link.

Finally, we’ll also remind you of a few more recent recalls concerning products that might accidentally catch fire. Asus recently recalled some faulty motherboards that might overheat and catch fire. Before that, SunVilla issued a massive recall for solar umbrellas sold exclusively at Costco, as the products can catch fire.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.