Power pressure cookers have become a mainstay in many American kitchens due to a combination of ease-of-use and aggressive television marketing. The problem is that some of these devices, including the Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker, have been found to explode possibly because of unsafe overseas manufacturing techniques or defective product design. The Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker has the potential to cause serious 2nd and 3rd degree burns, despite users correctly following Maxi-Matic’s printed instructions. If you or a loved one has been hurt during a pressure cooker accident, you are not alone. Dozens of men and women have filed lawsuits against various pressure cooker manufacturers after being injured as a direct result of malfunctions and pressure cooker explosions.
What Is A Pressure Cooker?
Pressure cookers are a type of consumer electronic, designed to cook food using high powered steam pressure that is generated using electricity. Manufacturers claims these devices have the ability to cook meats and vegetables in a shorter amount of time, while retaining more nutrients than traditional cooking methods. They are generally slightly larger than a big soup pot, with power cords that plug into wall outlets. The devices feature locking mechanisms on their hinged lids, which are designed to prevent home cooks from opening the cookers while in use. In recent years there have been reports of pressure cooker explosions, most recently from Maxi-Matic’s Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker.
Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker
The Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker is a Chinese-made, 8 quart electric cooking device that uses steam pressure to cook “moist, flavorful feasts” more quickly than conventional methods. The device is marketed as having 16 features that allow home cooks to have the utmost control over their dinner experiences. One thing consumers do not have control of: potential and spontaneous explosions of the Elite Bistro unit. There have been at least half a dozen reports to The Consumer Products Safety Commission detailing the horrifying experiences of men and women who were injured as a result of pressure cooker explosions. One consumer detailed their experience by describing a loud boom, followed by the crashing of light fixtures. When the cook entered the kitchen, there was food covering all ends of the kitchen.
Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker Retailers
The Elite Bistro Power Cooker is sold through a variety of online and instore retailers, in addition to its main distribution method of televised home marketing. These retailers made no mention of the potentially fatal flaws in the cookers design and construction. Some retailers that currently stock the Elite Bistro are:
- Best Buy
Many of these retailers pressure manufacturers into sourcing the most inexpensive manufacturing possible; usually through Chinese production houses that do not carry the same safety standards as American industries. Despite this pressure, companies such as Maxi-Matic are responsible for quality and safety checks designed to ensure consumers protection against injury.
Elite Bistro Injuries
There are several reports of serious injury linked to exploding / malfunctioning Elite Bistro Power Cookers. The Consumer Products Safety Commission lists multiple complaints detailing hospital trips for 3rd degree burns. One such report, filed on 10/25/2016, spoke of a woman who received 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her hands, arms and breasts after her Elite Bistro exploded. Despite reports of serious injury, Elite Bistro pressure cookers are still available for purchase from online and in store retailers.
Elite Bistro Fire Risk
Many consumer electronics manufacturers in China have been involved in devastating house fires, due to cheaply sourced components that may short out and overheat. The Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker is no exception to this trend. The device has had at least one report of fire on the CPSC website. This report detailed a “whoosh” sound, followed by a glowing base of the Elite Bistro. From there the device produced flames which caused the home cook to unplug the device in a panic. Thankfully no one was injured in the ordeal. It did however lead to continued doubt in the pressure cooker’s safety in general.
Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker In Review
The Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker has injured a number of innocent home chefs. The pot-sized pressure cooker uses electric power to generate heat which causes food to cook in a pressurized steam chamber. This chamber is supposed to lock shut with a special mechanism designed to prevent the lid from exploding open while the device is in use. However, some home cooks have claimed that this locking device failed, or that the cooker simply exploded while unattended. Some of those affected by malfunctioning pressure cookers have been seriously injured due to super heated water and steam. For this, our law firm is currently accepting new lawsuit claims against the device’s manufacturer Maxi-Matic. The Elite Bistro is still available for purchase from numerous online and traditional retailers, despite mounting reports of injury.