Hasbro Easy-Bake Ovens Cause Injury and Mayhem
By James Grahame
My sister had an Easy-Bake oven in the late 1970s. The original version used a light bulb to cook tiny trays of cake mix. It was invented by Ronald Howes (who also had a hand in the development of Play-Doh and the Spirograph) and released by American toymaker Kenner in 1963 at a price of $15.95. Its runaway success led to the invention of the Easy-Pop corn popper and Kiddie TV Dinners.
The modern version uses a custom-designed heating element, presumably because incandescent light bulbs are going the way of the Dodo. Millions have been sold, but it looks like the current design is cooking more than cake.
Hasbro recently announced a recall of about 1 million ovens produced between May 2006 and July 2007 because of a design flaw that could result in children getting their hands caught in the front opening. So far, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 249 reports of children getting their hands caught, 77 reports of burns and one partial amputation.
My advice? Buy the classic version for your little princess at a garage sale. It's a wonderful way to demonstrate how inefficient incandescent light bulbs are