Best Buy is recalling 930,000 pressure cookers due to serious burn hazards, as announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Friday.
According to the recall notice, Best Buy has received 31 reports of incidents where the contents were expelled under pressure, leading to 17 reports of burn injuries, some of which involved second-degree and severe burns.
These products, manufactured in China, were sold at Best Buy stores nationwide and online at Bestbuy.com and Amazon.com from October 2017 through June 2023, with prices ranging from $50 to $120.
The affected cookers bear the brand name INSIGNIA on the front and permanent on-product labels. They feature incorrect volume markings on the inner pot, which can cause consumers to overfill the pot. Consequently, hot food and liquids can be ejected when the pressure cooker is vented or opened while its contents are pressurized.
This recall pertains to Insignia Multi-Function Pressure Cookers with model numbers NS-MC60SS8, NS-MC60SS9, or NS-MC80SS9, and inner cooker pots with model numbers NS-MCRP6NS9 and NS-MCRP6SS9, sold separately as replacements.
Both the electric pressure cookers and inner cooker pots have six- and eight-quart capacities. The inner cooker pots are black with a non-stick coating and embossed markings indicating cup and liter measurements.
To ensure safety, consumers are advised to check that the inner pot is not filled beyond two-thirds capacity when pressure cooking, ensure the lid is fully locked before pressure cooking commences, and confirm that the floating locking valve has dropped before attempting to open the lid when pressure cooking.
For more information or assistance, consumers can reach Best Buy toll-free at 888-359‐4485 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. They can also visit the official recall website at https://www.recallrtr.com/pc or www.bestbuy.com. On the Best Buy website, consumers can click on “Pressure Cooker Recall” in the Home Page banner or access “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the home page under “Orders & Purchases.”