Electric pressure cookers have become one of the most popular kitchen appliances of the past few years. With the promise of making cooking quick and easy, they have been flying off the shelves of major retailers and advertised heavily on TV. Unfortunately for many consumers, many of these pressure cookers have turned into exploding nightmares.
When a pressure cooker (aka instantpot) explodes, it can harm anyone within the vicinity. This includes not only the adult user but also children and pets.
Pressure cooker explosions are serious and we have found that almost all of our clients needed to visit the Emergency Room at their local hospital to be treated for burn injuries.
Pressure Cooker Injuries & Loss
Our lawyers have seen a number of different injuries caused by defective pressure cookers. Below are a few:
- Steam burns
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Traumatic brain injuries (concussion)
- Permanent scarring
- Kitchen and/or property damage
List of Pressure Cooker Manufacturers
Our law firm is currently accepting new pressure cooker cases from any manufacturer. The list below is just a partial list of some of the more popular brands. There are hundreds of different brands sold online and through amazon.
Again, if you have been the victim of a pressure cooker burn or explosion, we would like to speak with you.
ALDI Chef’s Crofton Collection
Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”
Breville Fast Slow Cooker
Chef di Cucina
Crock-Pot Pressure Cookers
Instant Pot (also called the “insta pot or instapot”)
Nuwave & Nutri-Pot
Power Pressure Cooker XL
Quick Pot – as seen on tv
Tabletops Unlimited (Philippe Richard)
Ultrex sold by HSN television network
Pressure Cooker Recalls
There have been a number of recalls for defective electronic pressure cookers. One of the largest was the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
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.
Again, there have been a large number of recalls in the United States on pressure cookers. Regardless of whether your pressure cooker has been recalled; if you have been burned, scalded or seriously injured by a pressure cooker explosion, you may be entitled to financial compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Learn more about the problems with pressure cookers at our Pressure Cooker FAQ page.
Pressure Cooker Safety Tips
- Add plenty of water when cooking pulses and lentils.
- Avoid overfilling pressure cooker.
- All difficult to cook items should be pressure cooked.
- Use oil when cooking pulses. Soaking pulses and lentils overnight helps cook easier.
- Chicken cooked in pressure cooker may break apart easily.
- Remove the gasket after cooking. Keeping the rubber gasket in the fridge makes it more durable.
- Clean pressure cooker after each use.
- Add baking soda or vinegar to clean hard-to-remove stains.
Update: Woman Blinded by Pressure Cooker Explosion
September 20, 2019 – An Indian woman was left blind in one eye after the whistle from a pressure cooker shot out of the appliance and into her face, according to the Mirror. The whistle was lodged so deep inside Munda Birsi’s skull that it couldn’t be seen with the naked eye, and doctors needed a CT scan to locate it.
The 57-year-old had left a pressure cooker on the gas stove unattended for about an hour, and when she returned to take the pot off the heat, steam made the whistle shoot and hit her in the head. Doctors at Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Super Specialty Hospital in Jharkhand, India, were able to save Munda’s life, but not her left eye.
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.
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.
South Dakota Woman Alleges Severe Burns from Cuisinart Pressure Cooker Explosion
August 6, 2018 – A woman from South Dakota who says she was sprayed with scalding chili due to a defective lid lock on her Cuisinart pressure cooker has filed a proposed class action in Connecticut federal court, according to Law360. Plaintiff Shelly Wicklund alleges in the suit that she was burned by an explosion of food after she opened the lid of her pressurized CPC-600 series Cuisinart pressure cooker, because of defects in a lid-locking mechanism that the manufacturer claimed would make such an accident impossible.
Baby Severely Burned, Requires Amputation from Pressure Cooker Explosion
January 2, 2018 – A 2-year-old girl who suffered catastrophic burns to 60% of her body when a pressure cooker exploded nearby her in September 2015 has had one of her legs amputated after doctors were unable to restore circulation to the limb.
Two-year-old Samantha Gonzalez was taking a bath in the kitchen sink at her grandmother’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in September 2015, when a nearby pressure cooker exploded, according to ABC News 10. The explosion severely burned the toddler, forcing doctors to amputate one of her legs in order to save her life.
“I guess it was an accident,” said Tiana Gonzalez, Samantha’s mother. “I felt really, really sad since she’s my only baby girl.”
Samantha was taken to a local hospital and then transported to the burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where she was treated for nearly a month. Doctors said 2nd and 3rd-degree burns covered 60% of the toddler’s body, and that her injuries were so severe that it caused kidney and liver failure.
Samantha’s parents said the child has been fighting for her life ever since the incident, and that even after the amputation, she is likely to need additional surgeries due to complications from the burns.
Pressure Cooker Explosion Burns Baby in Idaho
October 2, 2018 – A 2-year-old boy in Idaho was severely burned last month after an escaping bubble in a pressure cooker exploded, spewing boiling food onto him and his mother. Chayse Bodily suffered 2nd-degree burns to 14% of his body from the exploding pressure cooker, and spent 12 days at the University of Utah Burn Center before being released Sept. 21, according to the Post Register.
The incident occurred on Sept. 9, as the Bodily family spent the afternoon installing French doors at their house. Chayse’s mother, Angela, was preparing a pot roast in the pressure cooker for dinner that evening. When the device signaled that the roast was done cooking, she released the steam and removed the lid, per the instructions that came with the cooker. She was preparing to add some potatoes in with the roast, as Chayse hugged her left leg.
Then a bubble exploded from under the pot roast.
“It just shot up like a geyser,” Angela said. “I was in shock and I saw the baby slipping in it.”
Standing in the doorway, Chayse’s father Travis saw the explosion and immediately grabbed the boy up off the floor. Travis rushed him to the bathroom and took off his son’s clothes, which were drenched in boiling juices.
“I ran to the bathroom,” the boys mother said. “And I could see his skin coming off. The scariest thing you’ll ever see is the skin rolling off your baby’s body.”
Travis then used a bucket to pour cool water over his son before rushing him to the hospital.
Class Action Filed Over Burn Injuries Alleged From Tristar Power Pressure Cooker
October 30, 2017 – Six plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Tristar Products, Inc., alleging they were severely injured when “Built-In Safety Features” of the company’s Power Pressure Cooker XL failed during use.
According to the lawsuit (PDF), all 6 plaintiffs sustained severe burn injuries as a result of the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL 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].”
The owner’s manual for the Power Pressure Cooker XL Model No. PPC-790 describes a lid safety device that “[p]revents pressure build-up if lid is not closed properly and prevents lid from opening until all pressure is released,” according to the lawsuit. A YouTube marketing video featuring culinary expert Eric Theiss assures consumers that, “when your Pressure Cooker is up to pressure, the lid locks on. I couldn’t get this lid open if I wanted to.”
Well, maybe you couldn’t get the lid off, Eric, but apparently all 6 plaintiffs in the class action could and were left with catastrophic, potentially life-ending injuries as a result.
Damages named in the complaint include:
- Strict liability
- Marketing of the pressure cookers
- Breach of express and implied warranties
- Violation of state consumer protection law.
The lawsuit was filed September 19, 2017, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas as In Re: Kenneth Christian, et al. v. Tristar Products Inc. Case Number 170902183.
Texas Woman Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Makers of Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
August 23, 2017 – A Texas woman who was allegedly injured by hot beans from an exploding pressure cooker has filed a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
According to the lawsuit (PDF), Plaintiff Ninfa Vasquez purchased the Power Pressure Cooker XL from an advertisement on TV. The appliance features an air-tight lid that locks into place, trapping super-heated steam inside. The manufacturer, Pennsylvania-based Tristar Products Inc., claims this “hyper-pressurized environment” forces liquid and moisture into the food, allowing meals to be cooked “70% faster than conventional ovens.”
Ninfa used the Power Pressure Cooker XL for the first time on Aug. 2, 2014 and followed all instructions, according to the complaint. She intended to prepare pinto beans for dinner that evening.
“Approximately two hours after unplugging the cooker, suddenly and without warning, the lid blew off of the cooker, and the pinto beans burst out of the cooker onto Mrs. Vasquez, resulting in extensive and severe burns to her body,” the lawsuit states.
Vasquez’s husband rushed her to a local hospital where she was treated for burn injuries for 20 days. She continues to endure severe pain and permanent scarring from the burns, according to the complaint.
Plaintiffs allege that the pressure cooker was not altered in any way before being used, had been level on the countertop, nothing was obstructing or surrounding the device, and nothing had been placed on top of the lid. They claim Tristar was negligent in developing, designing, manufacturing, testing, selling and marketing the Power Pressure Cooker XL, which resulted in injuries to Vasquez, who also suffered medical expenses, pain, disfigurement, impairment, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. Vasquez’s husband also claims to have suffered loss of consortium and services, mental anguish and past lost wages.
The lawsuit was filed against Tristar Products, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in June 2015. Plaintiffs are seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages.
Aldi Recalls Pressure Cookers Over Risk of Burn / Scald Injuries
August 7, 2017 – Aldi has issued a 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.
Florida Woman Burned in Pressure Cooker Explosion
May 4, 2017 – A woman from Miami Gardens, Florida, suffered burns to part of her body after a pressure cooker exploded in her home.
A relative said the woman was cooking rice and beans when the pressure cooker exploded, according to ABC News 10.
“When I got there, she was bandaged,” the relative said.
Neighbors told Local 10 News they heard the woman screaming outside her home shortly after the explosion occurred.
Maria King said she called 911 and helped the woman soothe her wounds.
“The lady was screaming in the street,” King said. “We got water and I put ice (on her).”
The woman is being treated for her burns and is expected to make a full recovery.
It was not immediately clear what brand of pressure cooker burned the woman. However, lawsuits have been filed by consumers who were injured by the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL. Plaintiffs claim Tristar was negligent in designing, marketing and selling the allegedly defective pressure cooker, which has resulted in severe injuries and associated damages.
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.
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 you or a loved one suffered a severe burn or other injury caused by an exploding pressure cooker, whether or not the pressure cooker has been recalled, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.