Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Safety Claims
Wolfgang Puck became so well-known as a chef that he started a job as a salesman. The success of Puck’s flagship restaurant Spago turned him into a minor celebrity and brought him into close contact with Hollywood stars.
Puck spun this notoriety into an entrepreneurial streak, launching a series of restaurants and other business ventures. Among those are his Wolfgang Puck brand of home cookware and kitchen appliances, a line which came to include the ubiquitous electric pressure cooker.
Puck hawked his pressure cookers on the Home Shopping Network, effusively praising the flavorful results a chef could achieve, and in a minimal amount of time. While Puck cooked away, a co-host or spokesperson would inevitably weigh in with a brief aside about the device’s safety.
“This is not grandma’s pressure cooker,” one host said in a 2009 HSN appearance. “We’ve all heard horror stories of things exploding, hitting the ceiling. Does not happen. I mean, first of all, you cannot open it when it’s under pressure. It’s physically impossible.”
In other appearances, a spokeswoman spoke of “redundant safety features” which rendered the pressure cooker essentially foolproof.
“It’s not possible for this lid to come off once it’s under pressure, so it’s totally safe, totally easy. All you have to do is fall in love.”
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Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Explosions
Television isn’t the only place Wolfgang Puck’s company claims its customers are safe. The owner’s manual echoes the same idea, stating plainly, “as a safety feature, the lid will not open unless all pressure is reduced.”
Customers tell a different story. On numerous occasions, Wolfgang Puck pressure cookers have exploded during their normal use, sometimes leaving the user with severe burn injuries. Some chefs attempting to open the unit when the top exploded off and contents splashed onto them. On at least one occasion, the Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker exploded untouched, injuring a person standing nearby.
Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Lawsuits
Johnson//Becker clients injured by their Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker allege the devices are poorly designed and manufacturer. The fact that the pressure cooker lid can still be opened while under pressure, despite Wolfgang Puck’s claims to the contrary, turning the celebrity chef’s endorsed product into a potential countertop hazard.
Defective Wolfgang Puck pressure cookers are “unreasonably dangerous for their intended use by consumers,” according to one recent Johnson//Becker complaint against the manufacturer.
Despite reports that its pressure cooker lids could open while still under pressure, Wolfgang Puck chose to “ignore and/or conceal its knowledge of the pressure cookers’ defects from the general public and continues to generate a substantial profit from the sale of its pressure cookers, demonstrating a callous, reckless, willful, depraved indifference to the health, safety and welfare [of consumers],” according to the complaint.
Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Burn Injuries
Incidents caused by defective Wolfgang Puck 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
Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Lawsuits Filed by Johnson//Becker
Though each Wolfgang Puck 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 Wolfgang Puck. Please feel free to review the complaints to learn more.
- A lawsuit filed against Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc., on behalf of a Louisiana woman burned in December 2020.
- An April 2022 lawsuit filed on behalf of an Indiana woman.
Will my Wolfgang Puck 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 Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Lawsuit? Contact a Johnson//Becker Lawyer for a Free Case Review.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker, you may want to speak with the lawyers at Johnson//Becker. We are actively filing new Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker lawsuits across the country, and you may be entitled to financial compensation for your defective pressure cooker injuries.
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