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Instant Pot Multicooker Defects: Fire & Burn Hazards

Instant Pot Multicooker Recalled For Fire Hazard


On March 1, 2018, Double Insight recalled its Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers after discovering a manufacturer defect that can cause the multicooker to overheat and melt on the underside, posing a fire and injury hazard to consumers. Around 104,000 units that were sold exclusively at Walmart from August, 2017 through January, 2018 have been recalled.

This Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers is a multifunctional, programmable cooking appliance, which includes the functions of roasting, baking, stewing, slow cooking, rice cooking, searing/sautéing, steaming and food warming. A recall was prompted by safety concerns, and Double Insight has received at least 107 reports of overheating, five resulting in minor property damage. Instant Pot says the affected products have batch codes of 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746—the codes found on a silver label on the underside of the cooker, on the bottom right side of the label.

Pressure cooker defects may be reported by injured consumers or the manufacturer, and they are often recalled when they violate the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If you have been injured by an Instant Pot Gem multicooker product or another pressure cooker, you may be eligible for compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

Joe Lyon is a highly rated Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and product defect cases. 


The Hazards of Instant Pot Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers are frequently recalled for posing burn and fire hazards to American consumers. Specific defects may include an unsafe design, faulty sealing gaskets, improper assembly or poor material construction. Consumers who suffer burn injuries as a result of defective pressure cookers have filed successful lawsuits against the manufacturers.

Pressure cookers have caused hundreds of serious injuries over the years. Pressure cookers like the Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker cook foods at temperatures higher than 250 degrees Fahrenheit. When contents spill or the appliance explodes, the hazards are obvious. First and second degree burns have been reported. Second-degree burns can result in swelling, blisters, leaking fluid, skin loss and swelling. Third-degree burns are more serious, penetrate the entire thickness of the skin, and may damage nerve endings.

Injuries are likely to result from common defects, including:

  • Inadequate Lid Seals—a pot lid seal provided for spilling hot contents may not be sufficient and boiling contents that are not contained cause serious burns.
  • Overheating—the cooker fails to safely regulate temperature
  • Defective Gaskets—cookers are equipped with a gasket that controls the pressure of the device. If a gasket is defective, a premature opening of the cooker pot is possible, resulting in steam and contact burns.
  • Inadequate Venting Mechanisms—pressure cookers can explode as a result of an inadequate venting of steam.

 

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403.You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.

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