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Pressure Cooker Accidents & Crock Pot Explosions

Product Liability lawyer and consumer safety attorney reviewing Faulty Pressure Cooker Accidents & Burn Injury Prevention

Faulty pressure cookers can be discovered by the manufacturer and recalled when they violate safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Or consumers may find defective products the hard way: by suffering injuries. In the latter cases, victims and attorneys may file claims against a company for damages and force manufacturers to compensate for incurred medical costs and pain and suffering.

Pressure cooker accidents may be due to defects like poor design, faulty sealing gaskets, poor assembly or defective materials. Consumers who have suffered injuries as a result of dangerous cookers have filed lawsuits against manufacturers for the following defects:

  • Loose or insufficient cooking pot seals—seals are crucial to collect spillage of liquid and contents.
  • Defective cooker gaskets—cracked or broken gaskets may allow the cooking pot to open prematurely, resulting in serious burn injuries.
  • Exploding cookers—cheap materials and insufficient steam venting can cause cookers to explode and cause serious burn and steam injuries.

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, product defect cases and pressure cooker accidents.

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Pressure Cooker Safety & Burn Injury Prevention

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.

Defective Pressure Cooker Burn Injuries

Sunbeam, the maker of a popular crock pot model called the Crock-Pot Express has been named as a defendant in a burn injury lawsuits that alleges the company sold defective crock pot models to consumers that has led to at least five reported crock pot explosion accidents and burn injuries.

Tristar has also been named in a pressure cooker explosion suit, with claims that pressure cooker defects led to severe burn injuries that could have been prevented with a proper design and quality control measures.

Hot food, liquid and steam that escape a pressure cooker can cause serious second and third-degree burns. People may also be injured by dislodged cooker parts if the appliance explodes. Some injuries linked to pressure cooker accidents and explosions include:

  • Steam burns
  • Severe eye injuries and blindness
  • Traumatic brain injuries (concussion)
  • Lacerations
  • Face burns

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to faulty pressure cooker accidents, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective pressure cookers.

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