Pressure cookers have been reported to explode, causing serious injury when boiling food and liquids burn people nearby. This article contains answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about pressure cookers.
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How Do Pressure Cookers Work?
An electric pressure cooker is essentially just a pot with a semi-sealed lockable lid and valve that controls the pressure inside. The appliances work by capturing steam that increases pressure in the vessel. The pressure increase raises the boiling point of water, which normally limits the cooking temperature of wet foods to 100 °C / 212 °F. Because the effective cooking temperature is higher in a pressure cooker — as high as 120 °C / 250 °F — the cooking time can drop substantially. Pressure cookers come in a variety of sizes including 8 quart, 10 quart and 12 quart.
What Can You Cook?
You can cook virtually anything on a pressure cooker – eggs, rice, chicken, roast, eggplant, enchiladas, beans, chickpeas, braised beef, lentils…the list goes on. Thousands of pressure cooker recipes are available online.
What’s the Problem with Pressure Cookers?
Dozens of consumers have been severely burned when pressure cookers explode, causing boiling hot food to burn and scald people nearby.
What Type of Injuries Have Been Reported?
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), pressure cookers have been linked to reports of:
- Severe burns to the arms, legs, face and other parts of the body
- Scars and disfigurement
- Damages to kitchen walls, cabinets and floors
What’s the Problem with the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL
The “As Seen on TV” company Tristar Products, Inc. sells the Power Pressure Cooker XL. This appliance has been linked to dozens of injuries and is the subject of at least two products liability lawsuits (see below).
Have any Pressure Cookers Been Recalled?
- 2006 – QVC Electric Pressure Cookers recalled over reports the appliances could explode. At least 37 people were seriously injured, including four people who had third-degree burns, according to the CPSC.
- 2007 – Nearly 40,000 Manttra Pressure Cookers recalled because the lid failed to seal completely during cooking. Two people were burned.
- Also in 2007 – Home Shopping Network (HSN) recalls about 8,300 Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker” Low Pressure Cookers after eight consumers reported burn injuries from exploding food.
- July 2015 – About 1,140 Instant Pot Pressure Cookers were recalled due to the risk of electrical shock. Three consumers reported being electrocuted.
- December 2015 – Approximately 35,000 Breville Slow Cookers were recalled because hot steam and food could escape. At least 5 people experienced second-degree burns as a result of the problem, according to the CPSC.
- August 2017 – Aldi issues worldwide recall for its “CROFTON” Chef’s Collection saucepan 6L Pressure Cooker over concerns that a potentially defective lid may cause severe burn and scald injuries to users. Affected cookers were supplied by H&H Asia Ltd, and sold in Aldi stores across the U.S. and overseas between June 28 and July 21, 2017.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
Yes. In June 2015, a woman from Texas who was allegedly burned by exploding pinto beans from a defective Tristar Pressure Cooker XL filed a products liability lawsuit against Tristar. Another lawsuit filed the same month in the Southern District of Florida alleges that a Tristar Pressure Cooker XL exploded, causing third-degree burns to a nearby couple.
Is There a Class Action?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed in the pressure cooker burn injury litigation. However, our lawyers are now accepting potential individual lawsuits for people who were injured by Tristar Power Pressure Cookers and other similar appliances.
Have There Been Any Settlements?
The first pressure cooker lawsuits were filed in 2015, and there have been no reports of any significant settlements offered by manufacturers. As more complaints are filed, the more likely a settlement will be offered. In order to be considered for a pressure cooker lawsuit settlement, you should contact our lawyers to learn more about your legal rights.
What Damages Could I be Awarded?
If our lawyers determine that you have a valid pressure cooker burn injury claim, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Do I Have a Pressure Cooker 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 lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your pressure cooker exploded, blew up or burst, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.