Instant Pots are wildly popular right now so we really wanted to be sure you saw this notice. Instant Pot recalls multicookers due to fire hazard.
This recall is for the Gem 65 8-in-1 model multicookers, a multi-functional, programmable cooking appliance. It includes the functions of roasting, baking, stewing, slow cooking, rice cooking, searing/sautéing, steaming and food warming. Instant Pot is printed on the front of the multicookers.
Gem 65 8-in-1 and a batchcode of 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734 or 1746 are printed on the rating label on the underside of the product. Instant Pot makes 14 models, and the Gem 65 8-in-1 is the only one that is oval.
A manufacturer defect can cause the multicooker to overheat and melt on the underside, posing a fire hazard. The overheating is the result of a tooling misalignment during the manufacturing process, which created a gap between the bottom of the inner pot and the top surface of the heating plate in the product, Double Insight, the Ottawa-based importer and distributor of the multicooker, said on its website.
These were exclusively sold at Walmart stores nationwide and online at www.walmart.com from August 2017 through January 2018 for about $80.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled multicookers, unplug the unit and return it to Walmart to receive a full refund or contact Double Insight to receive a free replacement.
Double Insight has received 107 reports of overheating, five resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
March 1, 2018