A Texas woman who was allegedly injured by hot beans from an exploding pressure cooker has filed a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
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What’s the Problem?
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 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.
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