Ohio Catastrophic Pressure Cooker Injuries Linked to Defective Products
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.
Even though Tristar and other companies have said that their cookers have standard built-in safety features, consumers have reported that the Power Pressure Cooker XL and other models have exploded or failed, most likely due to improper ventilation. At least one Tristar Cooker XL user has reported that a valve was blocked during operation, making it difficult for pressure to be released in a safe manner.
Product liability claim and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against several pressure cooker companies, as well as retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond and Wal-Mart, alleging the following:
- The manufacturer was negligent in designing, manufacturing and testing the pressure cooker devices
- The appliance failed to prevent spills and explosion of contents
- The manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions
- Materials used in appliance construction were not suitable or inferior
- The product failed to perform as a consumer would reasonably expect
- Products were unsafe, defective, and hazardous to users
- “Built-In Safety Features” failed during use
- Defective lids, seals, gaskets, pots and venting systems
Common Dangers of Operating Pressure Cookers
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.
Some cooker brands and models that have reportedly caused injury include: Tristar Power Pressure Cooker, Breville cookers, Instant Pot Gem cookers, Alcan, Crofton, Maxi-Matic, Fagor, Home Shopping Network (HSN) cookers, and QVC Welbilt cookers.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and personal injury cases.
Types of Defects & Pressure Cooker Injuries
- Explosive tendencies
- Improper Venting System
- Faulty seals and gaskets
- Inferior Material Construction
- Lid Defects—spill hazards
- Projectile Hazards
- Scald & Burn Injury Risk
- Fire Hazards
Other Pressure Cookers Potentially Increasing Risk of Injury
Several models of pressure cookers have been targeted by legal claims after injury complaints, manufacturer safety concerns and known kitchen hazards:
- 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
- Maxi-Matic Cookers
- Instant Pot Smart 60
- Manttra Pressure Cookers
- HSN Bella Cucina Zip Cookers
- HSN Ultrex-brand Pressure Cookers
- Maxi-Matic Pressure Cookers
- Fagor America Cookers
- NuWave Pressure Cookers
- Tabletops Unlimited Cookers
- Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Cookers
- Double Insight Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- QVC Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers
- 3-Squares Tim3 Machin3 Cookers
- Prestige Pressure Cooker
- Sensio Slow Cookers
- Holmes Group Rival Cooker
If your cooker has exploded or unexpectedly spilled boiling contents and caused related pressure cooker injuries, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer and retailer. An experienced lawyer can assist in recovering compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective pressure cooker, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding pressure cooker injuries.