Ron Batzdorff/NBC, Instant Pot
Nicole Cord-Cruz
February 23, 2018 4:30 pm

Slow cookers are designed to cook your food in a gradual manner while you go ahead and tend to other things. They are not, by any means, engineered to set your house aflame. Leading slow cooker brand Crock-Pot has been under fire (pun may or may not be intended) lately for being the cause of a fictional house fire, and despite a massive #CrockPotIsInnocent initiative, people can’t help but side-eye their own Crock-Pots. And now another brand, Instant Pot, finds itself dealing with the same predicament, but in this case, it’s caused by something happening in real life.

Over the weekend, Instant Pot issued a warning that some of their products might have a chance of overheating. And not to make everything about This Is Us, but the issue sounds oddly, surprisingly, and dangerously similar to a devastating This Is Us incident — ahem, Jack’s Death. If you can remember (we know you do), a slow cooker malfunction led to the untimely demise of everyone’s favorite TV dad, Jack Pearson.

In a Facebook statement, Instant Pot even went as far as advising users to stop using the affected products immediately because it could result in a “localized melting damage to the underside of the product.” Plus, it could also, you know, set houses ablaze. The units in question include 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746.

Imagine, if the Crock-Pot brand that exists in the This Is Us universe were just as proactive and had done the same, then maybe, just maybe, Jack wouldn’t have died. Oh, and we all would have been spared from experiencing severe emotional trauma.

But hey, as long as the Instant Pot doesn’t kill a member of the Pearson family, or anyone for that matter, then it’s still graded A in our book. #InstantPotIsInnocent

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