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Crock Pot Multi-Cooker Class Action Lawsuit
Due to multiple reports of explosions involving the Sunbeam Express Crock Multi-Cooker, a class action lawsuit has been filed by injured plaintiffs who suffered from severe burn injuries.
SunBeam recalled about a million 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers in November 2020 due to a burn hazard. In total, 914,430 crock pot express cookers manufactured between July 2017 and October 2018 were affected by the recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Multi-cookers allegedly exploded and sent boiling hot food into the air, resulting in painful and serious burns that may cause a permanent injury. Attorneys are investigating claims that the Sunbeam pressure cooker is dangerous and defective.
Attorneys believe that the Crock-Pot Express has a faulty pressure-release valve which inaccurately indicates when the lid is safe for consumers to open. Users have also reported a defective pressure cooker gasket that allows the lid to be opened while the pot is still pressurized.
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- Serious burns
- Hot steam burns
- Second-degree burns
- Third-degree burns
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Traumatic brain injuries (concussion)
- Permanent scarring
- Emergency medical treatment
- Kitchen and/or property damage
Product Liability Lawsuits Filed Over Crock Pot Multi-Cooker Burn Injuries
In addition to the class action, numerous individual lawsuits have been filed against Sunbeam over the exploding Crock-Pot multi-cookers.
In January 2020, a woman from Illinois filed a lawsuit against Sunbeam in Florida federal court.
Plaintiff Kimberly Rife alleges that she was injured in 2018 when using a Crock-Pot Express Multi-Cooker in pressure mode to make soup for her family. She says she released the unit’s pressure via the steam release valve, pressed the stop button after the steam had stopped, and waited before opening the lid as per instructions in the owner’s guide.
“When she easily twisted and opened the lid, the scalding hot contents exploded out of the pot, spraying her hand, wrist and stomach, and her surrounding kitchen area,” the lawsuit claims.
Rife maintains that she sustained first- and second-degree burns and received medical treatment for her injuries. She “endured a long period of pain and suffering” and has scarring from the incident, according to the suit.
The lawsuit asserts numerous causes of action, including breach of express and implied warranties in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2301, negligence, unjust enrichment, and strict product liability. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that governs consumer product warranties. These claims are common to pressure cooker lawsuits.
Rife says the pressure cooker was defective in design and manufacture as she was able to open the lid when the appliance was still pressurized. She alleges that Sunbeam knew or should have known about the defect and that consumers would not have purchased the appliance if they had known of its dangers.
The Multi-Cooker Lawsuit is: Rife v. Sunbeam Products Inc., No. 20-cv-80021 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 7, 2020).
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