The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall for Instant Pot GEM non-pressure multi-cookers, yesterday. The voluntary recall comes two weeks after Hip Pressure Cooking first reported that Instant Pot had asked owners of the Gem multi-cookers to stop using them via a Facebook post.
Although the agency’s Safer Products database has yet to show a single consumer report the recall notice states that Double Insight (Instant Pot’s parent company) received 107 reports of overheating, five of which resulted in minor property damage. Thus far, no injuries have been reported.
The Affected Cookers
This recall only applies to Instant Pot’s GEM non-pressure multicooker with batch codes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734 and 1746. The units are not round, but rectangular with rounded corners and do not have a pressure cooking lid. They resemble a slow cooker (see illustration above). The batch code is located on the rating label on the underside of the product. The batch code is the 4-digit number located at the bottom right of the label.
GEM non-pressure multicookers were sold exclusively via Walmart and Walmart Online from August 2017 through January 2018 are recalled due to a defect which causes them to overheat, melt the base and cause a fire hazard. According to Instant Pot, a tooling misalignment during the manufacturing process created a gap between the bottom of the inner pot and the top surface of the heating plate – this gap is what causes the multicooker to overheat.
Consumers with the affected cookers are urged to stop using them immediately – even if their cookers have not shown any signs of overheating. The cookers can be taken to any Walmart store, even without the original box or receipt, for a replacement or exchange.
If there is not Walmart store in the vicinity, register the cooker on Instant Pot’s GEM website, by filling out the form at the bottom of the page, to receive a “return kit” which includes a box and shipping label to return the unit to Instant Pot. Once they receive the unit, they will ship a replacement GEM at no additional cost.
At the time of this writing, Walmart’s official product recall page, did not include any information about the Instant Pot GEM recall.