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Some kitchen appliances are inherently more dangerous than others. Because of their design and method of operation, pressure cookers can be some of the most hazardous items in an American household.

Pressure cookers rely on high pressure to cook foods quickly, trapping extremely hot liquid and food. If the appliance happens to break or fail due to defects in materials or design, an accident may occur involving spills and explosions.

Each year, defective pressure cookers are recalled by appliance manufacturers and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, by the time the specific defective models are recalled, consumers may have already suffered serious injuries.

In fact, many recalls are not initiated until injuries are reported or lawsuits hold companies accountable for the damages they have caused. Victims of defective products and their attorneys have the right to file claims against any company who sells and distributes dangerous defective kitchen appliances like pressure cookers.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati recall lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and Faulty Pressure Cookers. 


Pressure Cooker Failure


Pressure cookers are popular because they can cook food quickly and easily. But manufacturers may downplay the explosion risk of these appliances, and they may fail to properly test their cookers before they are put to market, endangering consumers.

Some pressure cooker models may be plagued by design defects, faulty seals and gaskets, improper assembly or cheap materials that cannot withstand heat and pressure. Recent lawsuits have targeted manufacturers for producing faulty cookers with the following defects:

  • Loose & Ineffective Pot Seal—the seal on a pot is a critical safety component as it should collect spilling boiling contents.
  • Defective Gaskets—manufacturers may work with inferior materials, including gaskets that may crack or split and allow the pot to open and cause injury.
  • Exploding Cookers—improper assembly or cheap materials can lead to poor venting design, which may lead to cooker explosions, and burn injuries.
  • Lid Lock Defect—if a lid fails, contents may spill or spray consumers

Pressure Cooker Recalls


The Consumer Product Safety Commission analyzes whether a product poses a “substantial product hazard,” and makes recall decisions based on the three following factors:

  • Types of defects—design defects, construction and packaging flaws, and inadequate warnings or instructions may all lead to recalls.
  • Volume of defective products—one poor safety report can lead to a recall, but usually recalled products have already caused harm to many consumers.
  • Severity of the risk—the safety agency carefully notes the number of injuries reported, the severity of those injuries, and the likelihood of more injuries occurring in the future.

Defective Pressure Cookers


When pressure cookers spill or explode, boiling liquid and steam can potentially cause serious second and third-degree burns. Scalding and burns are common on the hands, arms, torso, face, neck and head.

The pressure may also cause the components of the cooker to detach from the appliance and strike those nearby. Common injuries associated with defective pressure cooker spills and accidents include:

  • Scalding—Third degree steam burns
  • Eye injuries & blindness
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations
  • Face burn & trauma

Pressure Cooker Recalls & Kitchen Safety


Lawsuits have been filed against Tristar Products following alleged pressure cooker accidents and subsequent burn injuries. For years, plaintiffs and consumer safety attorneys have tried to hold kitchen appliance companies accountable for defective and unsafe consumer products. When a defective product injures someone, compensation can be sought by filing product liability lawsuits.

Some of the following pressure cooker models have been recalled after injury complaints, safety agency or manufacturer safety concerns:

  • Tristar Products—Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • Cuisinart Pressure Cookers
  • Instant Pot Gem Multicookers
  • Alcan Pressure Cookers
  • Breville Fast Slow Cooker
  • Crofton Chef’s Collection 6L Pressure Cooker
  • Instant Pot Smart 60
  • Manttra Pressure Cookers
  • HSN Bella Cucina Zip Cookers
  • HSN Ultrex-brand Pressure Cookers
  • Maxi-Matic Pressure Cookers
  • Fagor America Cookers
  • Tabletops Unlimited Cookers
  • Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Cookers
  • Sunbeam Crock Pot Express
  • Double Insight Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • QVC Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers
  • 3-Squares Tim3 Machin3 Cookers
  • Prestige Pressure Cooker
  • Nuwave Cookers

Tristar Cooker Recall


Faulty Pressure Cookers have allegedly injured hundreds of American consumers, and product liability burn injury lawsuits have been filed on behalf of injured plaintiffs. When companies fail to properly test their products and their products injure consumers, they are liable for the damages.

Exploding pressure cookers are not just a unfounded fear or urban legend, but a reality that can be prevented if companies take the initiative to release safer kitchen products. Tristar Products has been targeted in recent lawsuits due to alleged burn hazards associated with the appliance.

Reports of exploding Tristar pressure cookers have reached consumer safety groups and product liability attorneys are taking action. Without warning, some faulty pressure cookers explode and send boiling hot contents into the room, leading to scald injuries. There are dozens of pending burn injury lawsuits naming Tristar as a defendants.

Not long ago in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a two-year-old baby was so severely scalded by a pressure cooker accident that one of her legs had to be amputated. The accident reportedly involved a Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL, which has not been recalled, even following several high-profile injury complaints.

Pressure cookers are marketed as time-saving appliances, cooking food up to 70 percent faster than conventional cooking methods. However, accidents that lead to burns and other serious injuries put consumers at an increased risk in the kitchen.


Crock Pot Burn Injury


Pressure cookers and crock pots have been used for decades in American homes, and can help reduce time cooking in the kitchen. But many pressure cooker models are dangerous and can pose serious burn injury hazards. Some have been recalled after many injury reports, though many other brands remain on the market, presenting an unnecessary safety risk for consumers.

Many people have suffered third-degree burn injuries when a pressure cooker explodes, and sends extremely hot liquids into the air. According to consumer reports, the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL may explode and cause serious burn injury. Pressure cookers are often poorly designed, and may not have proper airtight seals or gaskets that function properly.

If a cooker seal breaks, air is released and the lid can fly off, along with boiling hot contents. A recent burn injury and product liability lawsuit filed against Sunbeam claimed the Crock-Pot Express pressure cooker has inherent defective components and is defectively designed, leading to serious consumer burn injury.

Defective pressure cookers can have faulty locks, seals, gaskets and inferior cheap materials. Subsequent injuries can cause permanent scarring, traumatic eye injury and tissue damage.


Pressure Cooker Safety


Pressure cookers can cause a number of serious burn injuries, and as a result the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published safety measures to help consumers protect themselves in the kitchen. The following safety tips may reduce the risk of burn injury and encourage safe kitchen practice:

  • If the pressure cooker model you own is recalled, do not use it and return it the place in which it was purchased.
  • Do not buy a second hand pressure cooker, as it may malfunction, have broken parts or old seals.
  • Keep seals and rubber gaskets clean.
  • If a seal or gasket looks cracked or broken, replace it or purchase a new cooker.
  • Follow the instruction manual and safety instructions.
  • Measure liquids precisely. This is important as too much or too little liquid can present safety hazards.
  • Do not overfill pressure cookers. Some foods expand when they cook and need extra space.
  • Beware of frothy foods. Frothy foods can block steam valves and pressure-release vents. When cooking foods like pasta, split peas, oatmeal, applesauce or cranberries, make sure the quantity is well below the maximum-fill line.
  • Release pressure and lid safely. Pressure is released by letting the cooker cool until the pressure drops to a safe range. Consult the instruction manual.
  • Stay clear of steam. Open the cooker with the lid facing away from you.
  • Use dry pot holders.
  • Inspect pressure cookers before use. Check the lid for cracks, and make sure the vent is open and clean.
  • Clean pressure cookers after each use.

Why Are Pressure Cookers Dangerous?


Pressure cookers are sealed cooking devices that use a high amount of pressure to increase the boiling point of liquids. This allows food to cook without large amounts of water, energy or time. Food is usually placed within the pressure cooker and sealed with an air-tight lid that will not allow steam to escape during the cooking process.

As the steam pressure rises, the water’s boiling point increases as well. When the optimal pressure of the cooking device is attained, the heat is reduced and the built pressure and high temperature cook the food in quick fashion.

But because some cooking devices are defective, the steam and boiling water may escape, or the entire pressure cooker may explode, causing serious injuries to consumers.


Pressure Cooker Lawsuits


Pressure Cooker Defect Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of injured plaintiffs throughout the United States. Product Liability law holds companies responsible for dangerous consumer products that present a burn hazard or safety risk.

Pressure Cooker defects are common, and companies have a duty to properly test their products before they are sold to the public and pose burn injury risks. The Lyon Firm is proud to target companies who fail to provide safe consumer products, and has experience filing personal injury claims on behalf of burn injury victims nationwide.

Defective kitchen appliances can turn an ordinary day in the kitchen into a quick disaster. Due to their method of cooking contents at extremely high pressurized temperatures, pressure cookers have been known to cause serious pressure cooker injuries when they explode or spill boiling contents.

Most reported pressure cooker explosions are the result of the seal failing or the lid popping off prematurely. Burns are the most common injuries linked to defective pressure cookers. Consumers who are nearby when a device fails may suffer severe burns and scalding pressure cooker injuries across their face and body.

Pressure cooker lids are meant to be designed to create airtight seals with a rubber gasket, but if the seal is faulty and breaks before the device has time to release pressure, it can cause the lid to detach and spill boiling contents. This malfunction can occur even with safety locks if the materials are inferior and the design is defective.


Types of Cooker Defects 


  • Explosive tendencies
  • Improper Venting System
  • Faulty seals and gaskets
  • Inferior Material Construction
  • Lid Defects—spill hazards
  • Projectile Hazards
  • Scald & Burn Injury Risk
  • Fire Hazards
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Questions about Product Liability & Case Types

What is a Product Liability Lawsuit?

Product liability lawsuits often contain causes of action for strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. Strict liability applies to different factors than negligence-based claims.

In negligence cases, the actions of the defendant are the focus. In strict liability claims, the focus is on the condition of a product at the time it left the manufacturer. If a product is determined to be defective, the company is liable for any foreseeable injuries that are in-part caused by the defective condition of the product.

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How is a Product Defined as Defective?
Ohio Definition of Defective

A product is defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. A legal cause of action can be based on several types of product defects. The following are Cincinnati product liability and strict liability claims available in Ohio and in most jurisdictions nationwide:

(1)  Manufacturing/ Construction Defect:

These issues arise where the product is released from the factory in a manner that deviates from the intended design or specifications. The defect can be a result of using the wrong materials, including the wrong or completely foreign materials (e.g., Tylenol contamination, food poisoning, damaged car part from factory installation).

As a result of the deviation, the product enters the market in an unreasonably dangerous condition and the consumer is exposed to or purchases a product that is defective. Any personal injuries or economic loss that arise from the the defect are compensable under Ohio product liability law.

(2) Defective design and/or formulation:

Defective design product liability cases arise not because a mistake was made during the manufacturing process, but rather the original design of the product is unreasonably dangerous. A “risk benefit analysis” is used to determine whether safer/less expensive alternative designs were available to the manufacturer.

Federal regulations set minimum standards for the design of many consumer products, and preemption defenses may preclude liability in some situations if the manufacturer follows and obtains federal approval for a product. Automotive recalls and product liability cases are usually a result of a defective design. Common cases include the Toyota Brake Recall, Chrysler Gen III seat belt buckle, lap belt only cases, Metal on Metal hip implants, transvaginal mesh.)

(3) Failure to warn or inadequate warning or instruction associated with the product:

All consumer products come with necessary and appropriate warnings and instructions for use. If the lack of a warning makes the product and use of the product unsafe, the manufacturer is liable for the failure to place the warning. The most common area of litigation for failure to warn is in pharmaceutical litigation.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to warn of the known or foreseeable side effects and update the warnings in a timely manner. Litigation arises where there is evidence the manufacturer failed to timely update a warning in light of new data or simply ignored the risk and failed to conduct sufficient research to identify and then disclose the risk.

(4) Misrepresentation:

The product fails to conform to a representation or warranty. Warranty claims are more common in commercial and economic loss cases than in personal injury cases. In many States, The Product Liability Act does not apply to cases with only economic loss, because the Commercial Code provides recourse for breach of warranty.

The warranty may be written or implied based upon the products intended purpose and merchantability. An example of a breach of warranty cases are cases involving automotive defects.

How do you prove design defects?

Risks:  The following factors are considered under Ohio law when determining the risks associated with the design of a product:  (1) the magnitude of the risk of injury; (2) ordinary consumer awareness of the risk for injury; (3) the likelihood of causing injury; (4) the violation of a private or public standard; and (5) the consumer’s expectation of the performance of the product and level of danger. Ohio Revised Code 2307.5 (B) Product Defective in Design or Formulation.

BenefitsThe following factors are considered under Ohio law when determining the benefits associated with product design: (1) the utility of the product; (2) availability of an alternative design; (3) the magnitude of risks associated with an alternative design. Ohio Revised Code 2307.5 (c)

Defenses for Defective Design(1) a pharmaceutical drug or medical device is not defective by design if it contains an adequate warning of an unavoidably unsafe aspect of the pharmaceutical or medical device; (2) the dangerous aspect is inherent to the product, recognizable, and cannot be eliminated without compromising the product’s usefulness; (3) a lack of a feasible alternative design. 2307.75 (d)(e)(f).

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What is a manufacturing defect?
  • A manufacturing defect is based on a defect that occurred during the manufacturing process. Many auto companies have been involved in this kind of product liability lawsuits in recent years, due to defective airbags, software defects, tire failure, and other dangerous manufacturing errors.

    Most manufacturing defect cases are based on a products deviation from the intended specification, formula, performance standards, or design model. In such cases, it may be easy to determine the product did not comply with the intended design.

    The product may be recalled as a specific lot is identified as being non-compliant and defective. A product may be defective in manufacture or construction, materials and assembly, and a manufacturer or distributor may be subject to strict liability, even though it exercised all possible care.  Ohio Revised Code 2307.74.


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What is a failure to warn lawsuit?

In determining whether a product is defective due to inadequate warning or instruction, evidence must be presented to prove:

  • The manufacturer knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about a risk
  • A reasonable manufacturer would have provided a warning of the risk
  • The manufacturer failed to provide the warning
  • The person was injured due to a lack of warning. The same elements apply whether the claim is based on a warning present during the marketing or post-sale warnings.

Defenses to Failure to Warn Claims(1) the risk was open and obvious or a matter of common knowledge; and (2) in cases of a pharmaceutical drug or medical device, the warning was provided to the prescribing physician (“Learned Intermediary Doctrine”).

Many pharmaceutical companies have been targeted in failure to warn lawsuits for either failing to place warnings on medication guides and packaging or failing to properly test their product before putting it to market.


 

What are consumer product safety regulations?

Design and manufacturing defects result in thousands of product recalls each year in the United States, initiated by federal safety agencies. Following injury and illness, regardless of recall status, victims and plaintiffs may pursue legal action and contact a product liability lawyer to begin the litigation process. Rightful compensation can be sought and help plaintiffs recover medical costs and other related damages.

Product liability law overlaps with regulatory law, which are the systems of legislative rules and administrative agencies, and part of federal and state governments. These agencies regulate the safety of the products sold to the public. Examples include:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA;)
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

The listed government agencies, however, may initiate recalls of dangerous products but do not provide remedies or compensation for damages where an individual is injured due to the defective product.

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Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Product Liability Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Product Liability lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

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Defective products on the market present safety and health hazards for adults and children. Cheap and defective products may pose fire and burn risks; electrocution, strangulation and choking risks; and severe health risks. The manufacturers of consumer products have a duty to foresee potential injury and properly design and test products before they are released.

Companies must also properly warn consumers of any risks associated with their products. Any failure to protect consumers that results in accidents and injury can lead to lawsuits filed by plaintiffs and their Cincinnati product liability lawyer

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