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What is the Maxam Pressure Cooker?
Maxam electric pressure cookers feature a stainless steel inner pot, 1000 watt power range, and 6 push-button cooking functions that provide the ability to cook multiple cuisines in a fraction of the time. The pressure cooker also comes with an anti-scalding lid, which pressure cooker manufacturers claim does not give into overpressure and leakage.
What's the Problem?
Despite their ability to cook more quickly and with less water and energy than with standard cooking methods, pressure cookers can be extremely dangerous appliances, causing severe burn injuries. Manufacturing defects and design defects are frequently the cause of pressure cooker explosions. Some common pressure cooker injuries from pressure cooker use are severe burns, contact burns, splashed/spilled hot liquids, and explosions.
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Pressure Cooker Injuries
- Severe burns
- Hot steam burns
- Second-degree burns
- Third-degree burns
- Severe thermal burns
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Traumatic brain injuries (concussion)
- Permanent scarring
- Kitchen and/or property damage
- And more
Pressure Cooker Defects
- Inadequate Lid Seals – An inadequate lid seal on a pressure cooker can result in the spilling and expulsion of cooker contents.
- Faulty Gaskets that Allow Premature Opening – A faulty gasket that allows the premature opening of the pot during high pressure can cause steam and contact burns from the pressure cooker.
- Inadequate Venting – Inadequate venting can cause a pressure cooker to explode.
Tips for Using Pressure Cookers Safely
- Inspect the Pressure Cooker Before Cooking – The rubber gasket between the pot and lid is critical to the proper functioning of a pressure cooker. Before cooking, ensure the safety mechanisms are clean and are not cracked or dried out. Some defective pressure cooker manufacturers suggest replacing the rubber gasket once a year, depending on how frequently you use your pressure cooker.
- Don’t Overfill the Pressure Cooker – A pressure cooker should never be over two-thirds full. This is to prevent food from blocking the vents in the lid of the pressure cooker. For foods that swell or froth (i.e. beans, rice, pasta), only fill the pressure cooker halfway.
- Use Enough Liquid – Pressure cookers are designed to cook food by using steam under extreme pressure. Steam cannot be created without some form of liquid. At least half a cup of liquid is needed to create enough steam to properly use the pressure cooker.
- Be Mindful of the Type of Food Being Cooked – Froth produced during the cooking process by certain foods (i.e. pasta, split peas, oatmeal, applesauce, and cranberries) can block the steam valves and vents of the cooker. Before cooking these foods in a pressure cooker, ensure your recipe calls for the same size cooker as yours, and do not overfill the cooker. Never fry food in a standard pressure cooker. Some pressure cookers are specifically designed for frying. A small amount of oil can be included in a recipe, but frying in a pressure cooker that is not made for frying can melt the gasket and other parts.
- Release Pressure in a Safe Way – Pressure from a pressure cooker can be released in three ways: Natural release by removing the cooker from heat and allowing it to sit until the pressure reduces; cold water release by running cold water over the lid of the closed pressure cooker; or quick release by using the steam release valve to expel steam. Always be sure to protect your face, hands, and body when releasing pressure, and remember that steam may still escape when opening the pressure cooker—even if you believe you have properly released the pressure.
- Clean the Cooker Properly – When you have finished using your pressure cooker, remove the gasket and clean it separately from other parts of the cooker. Clean out the release valve with a toothpick. To reduce unnecessary wear on the gasket, store your pressure cooker with the lid upside down on the pot rather than locked in place.
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Which Pressure Cookers Have Had Problems?
Problems have recently been linked to several pressure cookers sold in the United States, which contained defective components or failed to include safer alternative designs that may have prevented a pressure cooker injury.
In November 2020, a Crock Pot pressure cooker recall was issued for nearly 1 million pressure cookers sold throughout the U.S., due to a risk that the appliance may continue to pressurize when the lid is not fully locked, causing the pressure cooker to explode and send scalding hot contents onto consumers. This action was taken after at least 99 reported injuries suffered by consumers.
Several other manufacturers have “silently” issued pressure cooker recalls, making design changes in response to reported problems. However, consumers who have defective and dangerous pressure cookers still in their kitchens have never been informed about the changes or told not to use the products.
Consumers have filed lawsuits against several different companies under various brand names, including:
- Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- Tristar Power Pressure Cooker
- Sunbeam Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker
- Ninja Foodi
- NuWave Nutri-Pot
- Bella Cucina
- Cooks Essentials
- Elite Bistro
- Philippe Richards
- Wolfgang Puck
- and Others
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Free Confidential Maxam Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if your pressure cooker exploded, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a pressure cooker settlement by filing a Maxam pressure cooker lawsuit and we can help.