An alleged defect in the Power Pressure Cooker XL made by Tristar Products, Inc., may be causing the devices to explode after the lid is opened, resulting in severe burn injuries to consumers.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: 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 compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Exploding Pressure Cooker Burns New Jersey Woman
August 11, 2016 – A cafeteria worker at a temple in Bridgewater, New Jersey, received serious burns to her hand and arm on Friday when the top of a pressure cooker dislodged and spewed hot rice throughout the cafeteria, according to myCentralJersey.com. The 48-year-old woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Police say the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bridgewater Health Department were notified of the incident.
What’s the Problem?
The Power Pressure Cooker XL features an air-tight lid that locks into place, trapping super-heated steam inside. Tristar claims this “hyper-pressurized environment” forces liquid and moisture into the food, allowing meals to be cooked “70% faster than conventional ovens.”
However, it has been alleged that a defect in the cooker allows pressure to build up inside the device without a way of being vented. Although the company maintains the device has a number of built-in safety features — including a lid that won’t open unless all the pressure is released — consumers have reported that contents of the cooker “blew up” or “exploded,” in some cases even when the appliance was unplugged, vented and opened without force. One consumer even claimed that a valve in the device was blocked, making it impossible for the pressure to be released.
Learn more about the problems with pressure cookers at our Pressure Cooker FAQ page.
Florida Couple Sues Tristar Over Exploding Pressure Cooker
Lili Bekteva and her husband Serg Tchernykh have filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Tristar and Bed Bath and Beyond, the company that sold them their Power Pressure Cooker XL, alleging that the appliance exploded as they prepared a meal last October, according to CBS News. Serg suffered second degree burns to his arms from the elbows to the fingertips, and Lili suffered a less serious burn and swollen hand.
“It is very dangerous,” Lili said. “I’m sure they have some kinds of issues and defects.”
In addition to the above complaint, a number of other individual personal injury lawsuits have been filed alleging that:
- Tristar was negligent in designing, manufacturing and testing the Power Pressure Cooker XL;
- The appliance fails to prevent the explosion of its contents, even when used as directed;
- The manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions with its pressure cooker;
- The materials used in the device’s construction were not suitable for this type of product and use;
- Tristar knew or should have known that its pressure cooker was not fit for use, and
- The company is responsible for consumers’ medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages experienced as a result of the pressure cooker explosions.
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 Confidential 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.