Presto Pressure Cooker Background
In the 1940’s, Presto was the pressure cooker king. Long before the rise of electric models, Presto’s stovetop pressure cooker outsold its 11 closest competitors combined, according to a company history.
Those days are long gone, and in recent years electric pressure cookers have risen to prominence. Presto joined the growing field with an electric offering of its own, promising an easier process than the stovetop experience.
“Fast and easy,” Presto said on its website, “just set it and the rest is automatic.”
User safety was among the things Presto told customers not to worry about. Unfortunately, some have learned Presto made the same mistakes as many other electric pressure cooker manufacturers. Customers who’ve learned this the hard way have wound up in emergency rooms, while Presto has found itself the target of lawsuits.
Presto Pressure Cooker Explosions
On the company website, the Presto Electric Pressure Cooker Plus was marketed as safe for home use, with “eight built-in safety features.” Only one was spelled out in detail: “a cover locking system that allows pressure to build only when the cover is securely closed and prevents the cover from being opened until pressure is safely reduced.”
If that were true, Presto users would never have to worry about the pressurized and super-heated contents of their pressure cooker exploding and burning them.
In fact, numerous owners of Presto electric pressure cookers have suffered severe burns when the top exploded off and contents splashed onto them.
Presto Pressure Cooker Lawsuits
Johnson//Becker clients allege their injuries were caused by defective Presto pressure cookers, with lids that don’t lock under pressure as the company promised. A Presto pressure cooker with a defective lid is fast, easy and unsafe.
Presto pressure cookers come with “serious and dangerous defects,” according to one recent Johnson//Becker complaint. Presto “put profits ahead of safety,” the complaint continues, “by continuing to sell its pressure cookers to consumers, failing to warn said consumers of the serious risks posed by the defects, and failing to recall the dangerously defective pressure cookers regardless of the risk of significant injuries.”
To continue selling its defective pressure cookers, the complaint alleges, Presto “demonstrating a callous, reckless, willful, depraved indifference to the health, safety and welfare” of its own customers.
Presto Pressure Cooker Burn Injuries
Incidents caused by defective Presto pressure cookers have resulted in trips to the emergency room, doctor’s offices and a long road to recovery. Victims of faulty pressure cookers have endured extreme pain, both in the moment of explosion and long after the incident, and have lost time at work, socializing, and with their families.
Potential damages that can be caused by an exploding pressure cooker include:
- First-, Second-, and Third-Degree Burns
- Doctor Visits and/or Hospitalization
- Skin Grafts
- Lost Time from Work
- Permanent Scarring and/or Disfigurement
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Damage inflicted by Presto pressure cookers is not just superficial or financial. One woman’s significant other had to become her live-in caretaker, helping her to bathe, brush her hair, and dress every day. A young couple whose baby was burned in a Presto explosion received a visit from Child Protective Services, leaving them feeling judged and stigmatized.
Presto Pressure Cooker Litigation Guide
Interested in downloading our Pressure Cooker Litigation Guide? Learn more about the pressure cooker litigation team at Johnson//Becker and Meet the Attorney and Co-Chair of our Consumer Products and Mass Tort Department.
Presto Pressure Cooker Lawsuits Filed by Johnson//Becker
Though each Presto case has its own facts and details, our law firm has repeatedly found what we are alleging are the same flaws in design and manufacturing leading to customer injuries.
Below is a list of just some of the more recent lawsuits our lawyers have filed against Presto. Please feel free to review the complaints to learn more.
- A March 2022 lawsuit filed on behalf of a Colorado woman.
- An April 2022 lawsuit representing an Alabama minor burned by a Presto pressure cooker.
- A lawsuit filed May 2022 representing a plaintiff from Illinois.
Will my Presto Pressure Cooker Lawsuit be Handled Individually or as Part of a Class Action Lawsuit?
Johnson//Becker will handle and file your case individually, giving your case the individual care and attention you deserve. Our lawyers feel strongly that it is not in our clients’ best interest to file or join a class action lawsuit for two reasons. First, class actions are designed to address damages that are usually economic in nature, not personal injuries, the severity and effect of which will vary from person to person. In other words, what is a fair resolution in one case may not be a fair resolution in another case. In addition, in a class action, the control and decision-making process is consolidated with one “Class Representative”, who oversees making decisions for everyone in the class. If that Class Representative is not you, someone you have never met and who has no incentive to put your best interests first will get to make the decisions that will affect your case.
Finally, we feel strongly that it is in our client’s best interest to file an individual lawsuit, as class action lawsuits in product liability personal injury cases typically result in far lower settlements. At Johnson//Becker, PLLC our goal is to maximize compensation for our clients, and for this reason we only file individual lawsuits.
Questions about a Presto Pressure Cooker Lawsuit? Contact our lawyers for a free case review.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective Presto pressure cooker, you may want to speak with the lawyers at Johnson//Becker. We are actively filing new pressure cooker lawsuits across the country, 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.