Cutter Law is investigating possible lawsuits against the makers of various
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What are pressure cookers?
Pressure cookers use steam and pressure to cook food locked inside a pot. They have increased in popularity in recent years because they are marketed as cooking food faster than stovetop or oven cooking while maintaining the food’s moisture. The devices heat water inside the pressure cooker, which produces steam. That steam increases the temperature and pressure inside the pot, allowing the food to cook more quickly.
What is the issue with pressure cookers?
Some pressure cookers may have a design flaw that causes them to explode, even in situations where users follow the directions.
For the instant pot to work properly, it requires a valve that allows steam to escape. If the steam does not escape—for example if the valve is blocked—pressure can build up to a level that causes the cooker to explode. A pressure cooker can also explode if the lid does not seal fully or lock completely. When that happens, the steam can expand and send extremely hot food spraying from the device.
What are the consequences of pressure cooker explosions?
Users can suffer severe pressure cooker injuries including significant burns that are painful and can result in scarring. If the lid explodes, users are at risk of being harmed by metal debris from an instant pot explosion.
Among the injuries linked to pressure cookers:
- Eye damage
- Brain injuries
Have there been pressure cooker recalls?
Yes. In 2015, 35,600 Breville Fast Slow Cookers were recalled after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received five reports of steam or hot contents escaping from the pressure cooker, causing burns to users.
Also in 2015, approximately 1,000 Instant Pot Pressure Cookers were recalled due to a risk of electric shock. At the time, the CPSC was aware of three reports of shocks in users.
The CPSC has received reports of pressure cookers not working as intended, causing injury to consumers. One such report involved a consumer who attempted to open the lid to her pressure cooker when the timer ran out. After the consumer removed the lock, the lid burst open, scalding the consumer.
Have pressure cooker lawsuits been filed?
Yes. Lawsuits have been filed against Tristar Products Inc. after a Tristar pressure cooker allegedly malfunctioned, resulting in the plaintiff suffering severe burns. The lawsuit alleges the pressure cooker was defective and unreasonably dangerous, did not have adequate warnings about the risk of explosion, and was manufactured from materials that were not suitable for the device’s intended use.
In 2017 a lawsuit was filed against Tristar Products Inc., on behalf of six plaintiffs alleging the Power Pressure Cooker XL is defectively designed putting consumers at a significant risk of bodily harm. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges Tristar did not adequately warn consumers about that risk.
In 2018, a lawsuit was filed against Cuisinart regarding the Electric Pressure Cooker CPC-600 series, alleging the Cuisinart pressure cooker exploded and scalded the user with hot chili. The lawsuit refers to both a defective lid-locking mechanism and a defect that allows the cooker to fully pressurize even if the lid is not fully attached.
Pressure Cooker Injury Lawsuits
Attorneys at Cutter Law are investigating possible lawsuits against any pressure cooker makers, including:
- ALDI Chef’s Collection Pressure Cooker
- Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”
- Breville Fast Slow Cooker
- Cook’s Essentials
- Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
- Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker
- Manttra Pressure Cooker
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- QVC Electric Pressure Cooker
- Tabletops Unlimited
- Tower Pressure Cooker
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
Pressure Cooker Attorneys
Cutter Law, PC, is currently accepting pressure cooker claims from consumers who have been harmed by the cooking devices. If you or someone you love was harmed by a pressure cooker—either one that exploded or that released steam and other hot contents—we encourage you to contact one of our highly experienced attorneys today to discuss your situation. We will answer your questions, advise you of your rights, and fight to ensure you are properly compensated for your instant pot injuries.