Pressure cookers and similar appliances like instant pots are popular with both home cooks and professional chefs.
Hundreds of thousands of people use them every day for quick and easy meal preparation. You may even have a pressure cooker on your kitchen counter right now.
Most pressure cookers build about the same amount of pressure as a can of vigorously shaken soda. Except pressure cookers operate at much higher temperatures.
So imagine that can of soda exploding – but the liquid is over 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
That’s what’s happened to multiple burn victims across the country.
Lawsuits have been filed against pressure cooker manufacturers claiming defective products and severe burn injuries. Some pressure cooker models have been recalled.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a pressure cooker explosion, you may have a right to compensation. Harlan Law is currently taking cases of exploding pressure cooker injuries nationwide. Call our office at (619) 870-0802 today for your free consultation.
Are Pressure Cookers Safe?
Pressure cookers work by trapping steam under the lid. This raises the internal temperature and quickens the cooking process. A pressure cooker can cut down 30 minutes of cooking time to just 10 minutes – a huge convenience in today’s busy world.
When designed and manufactured properly, these appliances can help people every day. Unfortunately, sometimes poor design or product defects put consumers at risk.
Pressure Cooker Risks and Common Injuries
Second- and third-degree burns from steam, spills, and explosions are the most common forms of pressure cooker injuries.
- Pressure cooker explosions – If the pressure cooker is made of defective or weak materials, then the pressure could make the cooker explode even when used properly.
- Pressure cooker spills – If the pressure cooker has a faulty or poorly-designed seal, the high-pressure contents could spill violently and at dangerous temperatures. Some users have reported their seals failing after just a few uses.
- Pressure cooker electric shocks – If the pressure cooker doesn’t have proper insulating materials, touching it could cause a significant electric shock.
Pressure cooker injuries and burns could result in scalding, scarring, emergency room or hospital visits, skin grafts or other surgery – even property damage.
Pressure Cooker Recalls
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued pressure cooker recalls in addition to some voluntary manufacturer recalls.
Recalled pressure cooker models include:
- Alcan Pressure Cookers
- Double Insight Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- Fagor America Pressure Cookers
- HSN Bella Cucina Zip Pressure Cookers
- HSN Ultrex Pressure Cookers
- Manttra Pressure Cookers
- Maxi-Matic Pressure Cookers
- Tabletops Unlimited Cookers
- Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers
- 3-Squares Tim3 Machin3 Cookers
Pressure Cooker Lawsuits and Settlements
Harlan Law is currently involved in pressure cooker injury litigation across the United States. Our lawyers are investigating the following types of pressure cookers for explosion risk.
The list includes both manual and electric pressure cooker models:
- ALDI Crofton Pressure Cookers
- Breville Fast Slow Cookers
- Cook’s Essentials Pressure Cookers
- Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cookers
- Cuisinart Pressure Cookers
- Elite Bistro Pressure Cookers
- Fagor Pressure Cookers
- Ginny’s Pressure Cookers
- HSN Ultrex Pressure Cookers
- Instant Pot Pressure Cookers
- Mirro Pressure Cookers
- NuWave Nutri-Pot Pressure Cookers
- Phillippe Richards Pressure Cookers
- Power Pressure Cooker XLs
- Prestige Smartplus Pressure Cookers
- Tabletops Unlimited Pressure Cookers
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cookers
And more – additional models could be included as more cases come forward.
Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit
Philippe Richard pressure cookers are made by TableTops Unlimited – a California-based manufacturer of non-electric household items. Their products are sold countrywide in major retailers like Kohl’s, Walmart, JCPenney, and Amazon.
Philippe Richard pressure cookers are manual – instead of plugging into an electric outlet, they go on the stove to heat up. A clamp secures the lid into a rubber ring around the top of the pot. This traps steam and builds pressure.
Defects and malfunctions with the Philippe Richard pressure cooker have caused explosions resulting in spills, burns, and property damage.
Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL Explosion Lawsuit
The Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL has been sold across the U.S. since 2014 in retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Walmart.
The Tristar website advertises the Power Pressure Cooker XL as an affordable, healthy, and quick-cooking method for at-home cooks – up to 70% faster than other ways of cooking.
The Tristar also advertises its safety features, which include:
- Temperature controls and cutoff mechanisms
- Pressure monitor, safety and back-up pressure release valves
- A mechanism that stops the lid from opening until the pressure has been properly vented
And yet the CPSC’s product safety database has multiple reports of problems with the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL.
One Texas woman sued Tristar after the Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded and sprayed her with hot beans – causing extreme burns all over her body that required her to be rushed to the hospital. Her treatment lasted 20 days and she continued to suffer pain and scarring afterward.
She isn’t the only one. Multiple consumers have had to go to the emergency room with second- and third-degree burns from malfunctions with the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Although other products with similar safety issues have been recalled, consumers can still buy the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL. That means thousands of people remain at risk.
Tristar Power Pressure Cooker Class Action Lawsuit
The 2017 Tristar class action lawsuit claimed that the Tristar pressure cookers had a defect that made them unreasonably dangerous to consumers even when used properly.
- Lids releasing steam suddenly when being opened
- Lids failing to stay in place while pressurizing
- Defective relief valves or gaskets that allow pressure to build even without a proper seal
The Tristar class action was settled in 2018.
Pressure Cooker Settlements and Damages
In 2018, a Florida personal injury lawsuit resulted in a $27 million settlement for a pressure cooker that exploded and injured a 3-year old. The family of the toddler – who was severely burned – sued international kitchenware distributor Lifetime Brands Inc.
Another personal injury lawsuit settled in 2018 against the Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker after it exploded and left the victim with second- and third-degree burns. The victim also sued Kohl’s as the distributor and claimed that:
- The product was defective, and
- The manufacturer failed to warn about the serious risks of the product
A pressure cooker personal injury settlement could help “make you whole” for the injuries and damages you’ve suffered. These damages could include:
- Medical expenses and cost of treatment for your injuries
- Lost wages and other damages
- Cost of any property damage as a result of the explosion
- Pain and suffering, which includes emotional and mental anguish
If you’ve been hurt, you don’t have to face this alone. If your injury was caused by a defective product, you have a right to hold the responsible party accountable. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you during this difficult time.
Talk to a Lawyer About Your Pressure Cooker Injury
Harlan Law attorneys are now filing pressure cooker lawsuits across the United States. Our lawyers are committed to our clients’ best interests.
Call Harlan Law today at (619) 870-0802. Your first consultation is free.