Unless you've tucked yourself under a rock, then you've been subjected to all the hype surrounding one of the trendiest kitchen appliances in the market: The Instant Pot.
Everyone had the coveted multi-cooker on their Christmas wish list, and bloggers have filled their websites with all sorts of recipes tailored for the appliance. But unfortunately, not everyone has been able to reap the full benefits of the electric pressure cooker.
A concerned Instant Pot owner posted a number of photos on Facebook and explained that she only used her unit four times before the bottom melted and burned the wires.
Turns out, her case was not an isolated one. There have a been a batch of the popular electric cookers that have been overheating and melting, and after receiving multiple reports concerning this, the company shared a warning on social media, urging customers to check their units.
"We have received a small number of reports the Gem 8-in-1 multi-cooker overheating, resulting in localized melting damage to the underside of the product," read a statement issued to local TV station KTNV.
Although not an official recall, the company is urging customers to return pots that could potentially be dangerous.
If you own a Gem 65 8-in-1, it could be at risk so it's imperative that your check your batch code, which is located at the bottom of your unit.
If the 4-digit code on the silver label matches any of these numbers: 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, or 1746, then you should stop using it immediately.
Instant Pot is encouraging customers with faulty models to contact the support department at 1-800-828-7280 or via email at email@example.com for more information.
"We want you to know that we take any problem with our products extremely seriously as safety and quality are our primary concern, and we are working cooperatively with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)," the company said in a statement on their official Facebook page.
They also reassured customers that more information will follow in the upcoming days to address the "next steps regarding receiving a replacement."
Faulty electric cookers have been known to cause severe burns and house fires, so it is extremely important to verify that yours is not affected.
Do you or anyone you know have this Instant Pot model at home? Have you experienced any issues with it?