What’s the Problem?
Numerous reports have surfaced indicating that pressure cooker devices similar to the Instant Pot have exploded after their lids were opened, resulting in severe burn and scald injuries. Our lawyers are investigating whether this problem is being caused by a product defect and, if so, whether consumers can file a lawsuit.
What is the Instant Pot?
Instant Pot (also known as "InstaPot") is a cooking device that, according to the manufacturer, “does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot.” There are multiple versions of the Instant Pot available, ranging in price from about $90 to $200.
Pressure Cooker Injuries
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has received dozens of reports of the following types of injuries associated with explosions caused by pressure cookers similar to Instant Pot:
- Severe burns to the arms, legs, face and other parts of the body
- Scars and disfigurement
- Damages to kitchen walls, cabinets and floors
Power Pressure Cooker XL
Tristar Products’ Power Pressure Cooker XL is an “As Seen on TV” digital pressure cooker that claims to be a “one button, one pot kitchen miracle” that prepares slow-cooked meals 70% faster than conventional methods. However, the device has been reported to explode without warning while cooking food as consumers open the lid. As the result of a potentially defective valve caused by a clog in the valve’s line, lawsuits allege that pressure builds inside the pressure cooker and its contents explode onto nearby people, appliances, walls and floors.
What’s Causing Pressure Cookers to Explode?
Although it has not been determined for certain the precise cause in each individual pressure cooker explosion, it is suspected that the problem stems from a defective gasket that allows the lids to be opened, despite a safety feature designed specifically to prevent this from occurring.
Power Pressure Cooker Settlement
A class action settlement is now providing owners of allegedly defective Tristar power pressure cookers with warranty extensions and credits toward purchases of new products. However, if you or someone you know has been injured by one of these appliances, you need to opt out of this class action settlement now and contact our law firm immediately. The settlement does not provide compensation for your injuries, and if you fail to opt-out by June 4, 2018, you may lose your eligibility to pursue compensation seeking damages. Contact our lawyers now to learn more.
Instant Pot Explosion Injures California Woman
A woman who claims she was severely burned by an exploding Instant Pot has filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Instant Brands, Inc., in the Central District of California. Plaintiff Gail B. alleges she was injured when she opened the lid on the Instant Pot, allowing the “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker.” The suit accuses Instant Brands of selling a defective product that was falsely advertised as having safety features to prevent explosions.
Class Action Filed Over Burn Injuries Alleged From Tristar Power Pressure Cooker
Six plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Tristar Products, Inc., claiming they were severely burned when “Built-In Safety Features” of the Power Pressure Cooker XL failed during use. All 6 claimants allege to have sustained severe burn injuries as a result of the pressure cooker having a lid that is able to be rotated and opened while still pressurized, causing its “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the Pressure Cooker and onto [plaintiff].”
Do I Have a Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in pressure cooker explosion lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn and scalding injury cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one suffered a severe burn or other injury caused by an exploding pressure cooker, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.