Instant Pot recalls cooker over potential fire hazard

A malfunction in one model can pose a fire hazard, and it caused minor property damage in five cases.

Instant Pot is recalling one of its multicooker models because it can pose a fire hazard.

The distributor has received 107 reports of the Gem 65 8-in-1 overheating, including five instances when it caused minor property damage, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

No injuries have been reported.

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The recall affects models with batchcodes of 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734 or 1746 printed on the rating label underneath the multicooker.

The multicookers, which cost approximately $80, were sold exclusively at Walmart stores across the country and at between August 2017 and this past January.

People who own these Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers are advised to stop using them and unplug them. They may be returned to Walmart for free replacements.

"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. "This gap can cause the multicooker to overheat and melt on the underside, posing a fire hazard to consumers."

The company said that people who own the recalled product and don't live near a Walmart store should contact Double Insight for return instructions.

For more information, call 888-891-1473 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends or go to

The affected multicooker is manufactured by Foshan Linshine Technology of Guangdong, China.