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Best Buy Initiates Recall of Approximately 1 Million Pressure Cookers Following 17 Reports of Burn Injuries

by Gabriel Martinez
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Best Buy Pressure Cooker Recall

Best Buy is initiating a recall of nearly one million pressure cookers along with separate interior pots, due to a design flaw that has the potential to cause hot substances to erupt, thereby creating a risk of burns.

The faulty pressure cookers are marketed under the Insignia brand and feature incorrect volume indicators on their interior pots. This could lead consumers to exceed the intended capacity, subsequently causing hot food and liquids to forcefully exit the appliance when the valve is released or the lid is opened, as noted in a recent announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

As of the current date, Best Buy has been notified of 31 occurrences where the contents of the cookers were expelled under pressure, including 17 instances resulting in burn injuries, some of which were classified as second-degree and serious burns.

The 930,000 recalled Insignia Multi-Function Pressure Cookers, along with their corresponding interior pots sold separately for replacement purposes, were available for purchase at Best Buy retail locations across the country as well as online through Best Buy’s official website and Amazon, from October 2017 until June of the current year.

To identify the affected products, consumers should look for their model numbers. The units, available in both six- and eight-quart capacities, carry the Insignia name prominently displayed on the front and on their permanent labels.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises owners of the recalled appliances to cease using them immediately. Best Buy is offering a complimentary replacement of the interior pot and the floating locking valve upon contact.

According to a statement on Best Buy’s website, the Richfield, Minnesota-based company will not issue refunds or in-store replacements for the returned pressure cookers. To qualify for a replacement kit, affected consumers must complete an online registration. It should be noted that only owners of the complete recalled pressure cooker unit, and not just the interior pot, are eligible for the replacement.

Best Buy emphasized that customer safety is of paramount importance, announcing that they are also proactively reaching out to those who have purchased the now-recalled items.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Best Buy Pressure Cooker Recall

What products are included in the Best Buy recall?

The recall includes approximately 930,000 Insignia Multi-Function Pressure Cookers and their corresponding interior pots, which were sold separately as replacements.

What is the reason for the recall?

The Insignia pressure cookers have a design flaw featuring incorrect volume indicators on the interior pots. This may lead consumers to overfill them, causing hot food and liquids to forcefully exit the appliance and pose a burn risk.

How many incidents have been reported so far?

As of the current date, Best Buy has received 31 incident reports related to the contents of the cookers being expelled under pressure. Among these, 17 incidents resulted in burn injuries, some of which were classified as second-degree and severe burns.

Where were these pressure cookers sold?

The affected Insignia pressure cookers were sold at Best Buy stores nationwide, as well as online through Best Buy’s official website and Amazon, from October 2017 until June of the current year.

How can consumers identify if their pressure cooker is part of the recall?

Consumers can identify the affected products by their model numbers, available in six- and eight-quart capacities. The name Insignia is prominently displayed on the front of each unit and on its permanent label.

What should consumers do if they own a recalled pressure cooker?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises owners of the affected appliances to cease using them immediately. They can contact Best Buy to receive a free replacement of the interior pot and the floating locking valve.

Will Best Buy offer refunds for the recalled products?

No, Best Buy will not issue refunds or in-store replacements. To qualify for a free replacement kit, consumers must complete an online registration. Only owners of the complete recalled pressure cooker unit, and not just the interior pot, are eligible for the replacement.

What is Best Buy’s stance on the recall?

Best Buy has stated that nothing is more important than the safety of their customers. The company is also proactively contacting those who have purchased the now-recalled items to inform them of the safety issue and the recall process.

More about Best Buy Pressure Cooker Recall

  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Announcement
  • Best Buy Official Recall Notice
  • Amazon Product Listing for Insignia Pressure Cookers
  • National Burn Association Safety Guidelines
  • Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information on Product Recalls

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6 comments

TechGeek October 28, 2023 - 7:34 am

I’m always wary of smart kitchen gadgets for this reason. Analog may not be fancy but it’s tried and true.

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SafetyFirst101 October 28, 2023 - 8:55 am

Thx for this detailed info. Just shared it with all my friends and family. No one should risk getting burned.

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MomOfThree October 28, 2023 - 11:14 am

Wow, 17 people with burns? That’s just unacceptable. Going to double check all my kitchen appliances now.

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Carrie_in_Kitchen October 28, 2023 - 8:54 pm

Can’t believe this, I’ve got one at home! Thx for the heads up, gotta check the model number asap.

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JohnDoe123 October 28, 2023 - 10:31 pm

Whoa, this is serious stuff. Makes you wonder how many other products out there have similar issues. stay safe everyone.

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FinanceGuy77 October 29, 2023 - 1:23 am

This is a big hit to Best Buy, recalls are costly affairs. Wonder how this will impact their stock?

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