Dangerous Consumer Products: Defective Pressure Cookers
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.
How Do Pressure Cookers Fail & Cause Injury?
Pressure cookers are popular because they can cook food quickly and easily. But manufacturers may downplay the risks 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
Injuries Caused by 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)
- Face burn & trauma
Pressure Cooker Recalls & Kitchen Safety
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
- 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
- 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
- NuWave Pressure Cooker
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 these critical questions.