Recall issued for Instant Pot multicooker due to fire hazard

Instant Pot ( photo)

Instant Pot has recalled units of one of its multicooker models due to a defect that can cause the product to overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard.

The recall involves one of Instant Pot's 14 models, the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker, and five batch codes: 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734 and 1746.

About 104,000 units are affected, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and they were sold only at Walmart stores.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled multicookers, unplug the unit and return it to Walmart to receive a free replacement," according to the CPSC.

The company has received 107 reports of overheating, five resulting in minor property damage, according to the CPSC. No injuries have been reported.

The recall, issued in cooperation between the company and the CPSC, comes after complaints from consumers surfaced about their cookers melting on the bottom. The company acknowledged a "small number of reports" in a Feb. 17 Facebook post, but suspended further Facebook commenting and did not issue a recall at that time.

The company told ABC News at the time it takes any issues with its products “extremely seriously” and was working with the CPSC.

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