Instant Pot Multicookers Recalled for Fire Hazard

A lot of cooks and families rely on multicookers so they can cook their meals with convenience and ease. Home chefs combine the ingredients in their multicookers, plug in the unit, set the temperature and walk away to let the multicooker do all the work. Sounds too good to be true, but these types of modern cooking appliances can be lifesavers for busy families on the go.

The problem is, not all multicookers are safe. A multicooker made by Instant Pot, which was popular during the Christmas season of 2017 has been recalled due to a manufacturer’s defect that can cause the appliance to melt and cause a residential fire.

Multicooker is Recalled for Melting & Overheating

On May 1, 2018, ABC News announced that Instant Pot recalled one of its multicookers because of a manufacturer’s defect that causes melting and overheating, which can cause the unit to burst into flames. The Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker was recalled with these batch codes: 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 104,000 units are subject to the recall and the faulty units were only sold at Walmart stores. "Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled multicookers, unplug the unit and return it to Walmart to receive a free replacement," according to the CPSC.

The recall came after consumers started to complain about their cookers melting at the bottom of the unit, and was issued by Instant Pot in collaboration with the CPSC. As of May 1, Instant Pot had received 107 reports about overheating and of those, five resulted in minor property damage. Thankfully, no injuries had been reported.

The recall was issued on March 1, 2018, and the defective units were sold at Walmart stores nationwide and online between August 2017 through January 2018 at a cost of about $80. Go to the CPSC’s website for details on the Instant Pot recall.

If you have been injured by a defective product in the Marietta area, contact Jones & Swanson to file a product liability claim.