Electric pressure cookers have become one of the most popular kitchen appliances of the past few years. With the ability to cook hot food quickly and easily, they have been flying off the shelves of major retailers and advertised heavily on TV.
Unfortunately for many consumers, many of these instant pot pressure cooker products have turned into exploding nightmares.
When a built-up pressure cooker explodes past its boiling point, it can harm anyone within the vicinity. This includes not only the adult user but also children and pets.
Pressure cooker detonations 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.
Update: Sensio Recalls Pressure Cookers Over Burn Hazard
Sensio Inc. has issued a recall for about 860,000 electric and stovetop pressure cookers [2.] after the company received at least 63 reports of incidents, including 61 burn injuries, some of which involved second and third degree burns to the face, torso, arms, and hands.
Pressure cookers affected by this recall include:
|Brand||Electric Pressure Cooker Item No.||Size||Stovetop Pressure Cooker Model No.||Size|
|Bella Pro Series||90072||6-Qt|
The recalled products were sold online and at JCPenney, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Macy’s and Target stores nationwide from September 2015 through September 2020 for between $30 and $70 for the electric pressure cookers and for between $8 and $18 for the stovetop pressure cookers.
If you purchased a pressure cooker that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately and contact Sensio for a refund.
This recall began on August 10, 2023.
The CPSC Recall Number for these items is 23-256.
Pressure Cooker Injuries & Loss
Our lawyers have seen several different injuries caused by pressure cookers. Below are a few:
- Serious burns
- Hot steam burns
- Second-degree burns
- Third-degree burns
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Permanent scarring
- Kitchen and/or property damage
List of Pressure Cooker Manufacturers
Our lawyers are currently accepting new pressure cooker cases from any manufacturer. The list below is just a partial list of some of the most popular pressure cookers.
There are hundreds of different pressure cooker brands sold online and through Amazon.
Again, if you have been the victim of exploding pressure cookers, we would like to speak with you.
- ALDI Chef’s Crofton Collection
- Bella Pressure Cooker
- Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”
- Bene Casa Pressure Cooker
- Breville Fast Slow Cooker
- Chef di Cucina
- Cook’s Essentials
- CopperTech PressurePro
- Crock-Pot Pressure Cookers
- Crofton Pressure Cooker
- Crux Pressure Cooker
- Cuisinart Pressure Cooker
- Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker
- Ginny’s Pressure Cooker
- Geek Chef
- Healthy Cuisine
- Instant Pot
- Manttra Pressure Cooker
- Maxam Pressure Cooker
- Mirro Pressure Cooker
- Nuwave & Nutri-Pot Pressure Cookers
- Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker
- Philippe Richards Pressure Cooker
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Precise Heat Pressure Cooker
- Prestige Pressure Cooker
- Power Quick Pot
- QVC Electric
- Tabletops Unlimited (Philippe Richard)
- Tower Pressure Cooker
- Ultrex sold by HSN Television Network
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
- Instant Brands Inc.
Pressure Cooker Recalls
There have been several recalls for defective pressure cooker models.
One of the largest was the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
The cooker lids lock into place, trapping all the steam inside. Tristar claims these safety mechanisms force liquid and moisture into solid foods, allowing meals to be cooked “70% faster than conventional ovens.”
However, it has been alleged that a defect in the steam valve or safety valve allows pressure to build up inside the device without a way of being vented.
Although the company maintains the pressure cookers have several built-in safety features -- including a lid that won’t open unless all the pressure is released -- consumers have reported that contents of the defective pressure cooker explode, in some cases even when the appliance was unplugged, vented and opened without force.
One consumer even claimed that pressure release valves in the pressure cookers were blocked, making it impossible for the pressure to be released.
Again, there have been a large number of recalls in the United States on exploding pressure cookers. Regardless of whether your pressure cooker has been recalled; if you have been severely burned, scalded, or seriously injured by a pressure cooker explosion, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses by filing a lawsuit.
What are Pressure Cooker Lawsuits Alleging?
In addition to the above complaint, several other individual pressure cooker lawsuits have been filed alleging that:
- Tristar was negligent in designing, manufacturing, and testing pressure cooker lids;
- 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 their pressure cookers were not fit for use, and
- The company is responsible for consumers’ severe burns, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages experienced as a result of the explosions from pressure cookers.
Pressure Cooker Settlement
A class action settlement is now providing owners of allegedly defective pressure cooker products with express warranty breach 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.
Pressure Cooker Lawsuits Filed Over Burns 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 the “Built-In Safety Features” of the company’s pressure cooker failed during use.
According to the lawsuit (PDF), all 6 plaintiffs sustained severe third-degree burns as a result of the pressure cooker's lid being 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 pressure cooker (Model No. PPC-790) describes a lid safety device that “[p]revents pressure build-up if the lid is not closed properly and prevents the 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 all 6 plaintiffs in the class action could and were left with catastrophic, potentially life-ending injuries when the pressure cooker exploded.
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 on 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 Over Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Explosions
August 23, 2017 - A Texas woman, who was allegedly injured by hot beans when her pressure cooker exploded, 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.
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 cooker exploded, 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 cooker was not altered in any way before being used to cook food, had been level on the countertop, nothing was obstructing or surrounding the device, and nothing had been placed on top of the lid.
The lawsuit was filed against Tristar Products, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in June 2015. The plaintiffs are seeking more than $75,000 in damages.
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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 pressure cooker lid may cause serious 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.
Defective Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Settlement Information
The potential settlement value of a pressure cooker lawsuit depends on the severity of the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. Injuries most commonly sustained in pressure cooker explosions are thermal burns, the settlement value of which is dependent on the severity and location of the burn.
In a typical auto accident case, a first-degree burn has an average settlement range of $25,000 to $75,000. More severe injuries come with bigger potential settlement payouts. For example, the average compensation for a third-degree burn injury in an auto accident case is about $100,000 to $1,000,000.
The average settlement for a defective pressure cooker lawsuit will probably be around $125,000 to $200,000 for 2nd-degree burns and $600,000 to $2,000,000 for third-degree burns. Pressure cooker lawsuits involving facial burns with permanent disfigurement will be at the higher end of the scale.
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Get a Free Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Evaluation With Our Lawyers
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of jury trial lawyers focusing on plaintiffs' representation in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new severe injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered severe burns or other serious injuries 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 pressure cooker lawsuit and we can help.