Instant Pot Multicookers Under Recall
Because of an episode of This is Us, the topic of slow cooker safety has gotten a lot of attention lately. Consumer Reports states that it is possible, in theory, for a slow cooker to start a fire, but the odds of it happening are actually pretty low. Many other kitchen appliances, such as ranges, toasters, microwaves, and coffee makers, have significantly higher rates of starting kitchen fires than slow cookers.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 103 fires were started by slow cookers between 2012 and 2015, resulting in 2 injuries and no fatalities. But just because the odds of a slow cooker fire are low, that doesn’t mean special care shouldn’t be exercised in using them. On This is Us, the fire was started by an older, faulty slow cooker, so it’s a reminder of why it’s so important to get rid of kitchen appliances that are worn out and no longer functioning as they ought to. But it’s also important to keep an eye out for product recalls so that any potentially dangerous defective products can be removed from your home as quickly as possible, such as the Instant Pot 8-in-1 Multicooker.
Recently, Instant Pot announced a recall of 104,000 of their Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicookers after receiving over a hundred reports of units overheating, causing the underside to melt. No injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, but it has caused some minor property damage and poses a fire hazard.
The Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker is the only Instant Pot model currently under recall and includes cookers with the batch codes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. If you think you might have a recalled cooker, look for a silver label on the bottom of your cooker; your batch code will be printed on it next to a field marked “Date.” These cookers were sold exclusively at Walmart, both online and in their brick-and-mortar stores, between August 2017 and January 2018. The recalled cookers are also distinctive for being the only Instant Pot model that’s oval shaped.
If you have a recalled Instant Pot, unplug it and stop using it immediately. If you live near a Walmart store location, you can return it there for a full refund. If you’re not able to return your cooker at the store, you can contact Double Insight, the parent company of Instant Pot, to find out how to get a free replacement. You can contact Double Insight by calling 888-891-1473; their phone line is open from 8:30 AM through 10:00 PM Eastern on Mondays through Fridays and from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re not able to call, that’s no problem. More information about the recall can be found online at gemmulticooker.com, including instructions on how to get a refund or a free replacement cooker.