Pressure Cooker Litigation Guide
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Recent Pressure Cooker Lawsuits Filed By Johnson // Becker
Pressure cookers have been marketed aggressively on television and in retail stores promising quick, tasty meals. Unfortunately for some unsuspecting consumers, their defectively designed pressure cookers have exploded; spewing hot liquids across their kitchen and severely burning them and others nearby.
February 19, 2020 – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Filed in California Federal Court by Johnson // Becker, PLLC – This lawsuit alleges that Instant Brands, Inc., the manufacturer of the Instant Pot pressure cooker, has misrepresented the safety of its pressure cookers. Our client’s pressure cooker exploded while under pressure on February 19, 2018. As a result of the explosion, she sustained severe thermal burns to her body.
What is claimed in the lawsuits?
Below is a list of just some of the pressure cooker lawsuits our firm has filed in various courts throughout the Country. Each court (Federal or State) has different requirements but for the most part, our lawyers will file what is called a “COMPLAINT AND DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL”, which claims the following:
- Strict Products Liability
- Negligent Products Liability
- Breach of Express Warranty
- Breach of Implied Warranty of Merchantability
- Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose
- A violation of a specific civic code (dependant on locale)
Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Case Filing Repository
Please click on the .pdf links to read more about the lawsuits and the stories of the injuries sustained by our clients. We will list one complaint below and per product as we file. If you would like to review additional lawsuits, please contact us.
|Brand||Manufacturer / Link|
|Instant Pot||Instant Brands, Inc.|
|Phillipe Richards||Tabletops Unlimited, Inc.|
|Crock Pot||Sunbeam Products, Inc.|
Do you have any questions about the pressure cooker lawsuits or complaints listed above? Would you like to see if you have a case? Please reach out.
Pressure Cooker Overview
Pressure cookers, sometimes called “multi-pots”, “one-pots”, and “crock pots” are used by kitchen novices and professionals alike due to their ability to both heat and cook food, saving time and cleanup. Pressure cookers work by trapping heat in a pot within a secure lid to prevent steam from escaping. This not only warms up the food but cooks it at an even temperature.
Electric pressure cookers come with features such as a timer, temperature gauge, food-specific settings and some even have Bluetooth technology. Stovetop pressure cookers require the user to monitor the temperature manually. Both manual and electric versions feature a safety valve to release the pressure before opening the lid.
What’s the problem?
Oftentimes pressure cookers reach temperatures far above 200 degrees, making their reliability of the utmost importance. However, malfunctions indicating the device is ready to be opened, as well as defective rubber rings around the lip of the pot, and other defects have jeopardized the safety of consumers.
If a pressure cooker is opened before steam has escaped the entirety of the pot, it creates an “explosion” of the contents inside once it is released.
At temperatures of 200+ degrees, this can lead to severe first, second, and third-degree burns. Anyone in the vicinity of the pressure cooker is at risk of having hot contents spilled onto their body.
Additional Pressure Cooker Lawsuits In The News
Johnson // Becker, PLLC Files Another Set of Lawsuits Against Tristar After More Power Pressure Cooker XL Explosions Cause Severe Burns – The lawsuits allege that Tristar Innovative Products, Inc., the manufacturer of the Power Pressure Cooker XL, misrepresented the safety of its pressure cookers.
Woman Suffers Severe Thermal Burns After Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker Explodes – The lawsuit alleges that Tabletops Unlimited, Inc., the manufacturer of Philippe Richard pressure cookers, defectively designed its pressure cookers, unnecessarily putting consumers at risk of severe injury.
Why are pressure cookers, multi-cookers, one-pots, crock pots, and Instant Pots exploding?
If you review the complaints linked above you will start to notice that although our clients used different products and sustained different injuries, they all experienced some sort of pressure cooker malfunction. Here is another story …
A client of ours in Milford, Delaware suffered serious and substantial burn injuries from her Instant Pot. These burn injuries were the direct and proximate result of the pressure cooker’s lid being able to be rotated and opened while the pressure cooker was still under pressure, during the normal, directed use of the Pressure Cooker, allowing its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker and onto Plaintiff. The incident occurred as a result of the failure of the pressure cooker’s supposed “safety mechanisms,” which purport to keep the consumer safe while using the pressure cooker. In addition, the incident occurred as the result of Defendants’ failure to redesign the pressure cooker, despite the existence of economical, safer alternative designs.
In another case, ABC News reported a woman in Texas suffered severe burns after her pressure cooker exploded in her kitchen.
The woman was not new to using pressure cookers and indicated she had been for quite some time. She was using a towel, as some users like to do, to clean up the moisture from the steam escaping her Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Within moments, the pot exploded and hot contents of the pressure cooker went flying across her kitchen. She suffered burns on her neck and arm.
Her experience with her pressure cooker is not unlike others. Multiple brands and versions of pressure cookers have caused severe injury to users.
Pressure Cooker Settlement
In another lawsuit, a California couple obtained a settlement in a pressure cooker lawsuit. The plaintiffs in the case sued Maxi-Matic USA and Kohl’s Department Stores after their pressure cooker exploded causing the wife to suffer serious burn injuries. According to the lawsuit, the woman was making a meal that she had made four times previously when all of a sudden her pressure cooker exploded with steam and hot water causing second and third-degree burns. To date, the Maxi-Matic pressure cooker has not been recalled.
Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Underway
Consumers who purchased a Tristar Power Pressure Cooker between March 1, 2013, and January 19, 2018, could be eligible for compensation as part of a proposed class action lawsuit settlement with Tristar Products Inc.
Pressure Cooker Lawsuits – Manufacturer / Brand Name List
Our lawyers are actively involved in this litigation and filing individual pressure cooker lawsuits nationwide. The pressure cookers that our lawyers are investigating regarding malfunction and explosion risk are as follows:
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
- Philippe Richards Pressure Cooker
- Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- Mirro Pressure Cooker
- NuWave Nutri-Pot Pressure Cooker
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker
- Cook’s Essentials Pressure Cooker
- Fagor Pressure Cooker
- Cuisinart Pressure Cooker
- HSN Ultrex Pressure Cooker
- Prestige Smartplus Pressure Cooker
- Ginny’s Pressure Cooker
- Ninja Foodi and Ninja Instant
- Brentwood Select Easy Pot
- ALDI Crofton Pressure Cookers
- And more
Please note, there are hundreds of manufacturers of electric and stovetop pressure cookers. If your pressure cooker manufacturer or brand name is not on this list and you have experienced a pressure cooker explosion or serious malfunction, please contact us.
Do I have a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit? Contact our Lawyers for a Free Case Review.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective pressure cooker, you may want to speak with the lawyers at Johnson // Becker. We are actively filing new pressure cooker lawsuits across the county and you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
We offer a Free Case Evaluation. Please contact us using the form below or by calling us at (800) 279-6386. We would be honored to speak with you and respond promptly to every inquiry we receive.