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Product liability lawsuits have recently been filed by consumers alleging that Maxi-Matic pressure cookers caused severe burns and other injuries when the cookers exploded or malfunctioned unexpectedly during use.
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What’s the Problem?

A lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of a California woman who alleges she was severely burned in March 2015 while cooking chicken stock in a Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum Pressure Cooker she purchased at a Kohl’s Department Store.

Plaintiff Bridget Iovino claims that after putting the ingredients and 10 cups of water in her Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum Pressure Cooker, she set the timer for 1 hour. The pressure cooker turned off automatically and she waited 45 minutes, added more ingredients, depressurized the cooker, and set the timer again for 25 more minutes.

Iovino was walking away from the Maxi-Matic when it exploded, “covering (her) with scalding hot contents and leaving her with second and third-degree substantial burn injuries,” according to the lawsuit.

According to Daily Hornet, the suit was filed in the California Superior Court of Los Angeles — In RE: Bridget Iovino et al. v. Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. et al. — Case No. BC596416 [1].

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Pressure Cooker Burn Injuries

There have been several other reports of consumers being burned by Exploding Pressure Cookers.

  • June 2014 – A 61-year-old woman suffered second-degree burns to her scalp, face, shoulder, and back after a Maxi-Matic cooker exploded in her face.
  • October 2016 – A consumer reported that the lid of their Maxi-Matic Elite 13-Function 8-Quart Electronic Pressure Cooker “broke away from the body with a loud boom. The lid was thrown through the air and broke my light fixture in the dining area about 4 feet away and landed on the floor of the kitchen. Plastic from the cooker and the food were stuck in the ceiling and kitchen floor.” Fortunately, the room was empty at the time of the pressure cooker explosion, so there were no injuries.

Has The Maxi-Matic Been Recalled?

No recall has been issued for any Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker to date; however, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you’ve been injured. Contact the law offices of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, today to learn more about your legal rights.

New Maxi Matic Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Filed in Los Angeles

A Maxi Matic Pressure Cooker lawsuit has been filed by a woman from Los Angeles who was burned by a Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker.

The lawsuit was filed by Ms. Crystal G., a woman who claims she was burned when her pressure cooker exploded under pressure.

The incident occurred on February 22, 2020, and it specifically involved a Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum Pressure Cooker (Model Number EPC-607).

According to the complaint, Maxi-Matic advertised the “advanced technology” of its pressure cookers, and “states that the pressure cookers cannot be opened while in use.”

Instead, the plaintiff claims that she suffered “serious and substantial burn injuries” because she was able to easily twist open the lid when the pressure cooker was still pressurized, “allowing the pressure cooker’s scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker” and onto her body.

She claims that the pressure cooker is defective because it does not prevent the lid from being removed with normal force when the unit is pressurized, despite the appearance that all of the pressure has been released.

The Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker Lawsuit was filed on February 15, 2022, against Pick Five Imports Inc. (doing business at Maxi-Matic USA Inc.) in the Superior Court for the State of California for the County of Los Angeles — Case No. 22STCV05649 [2].

Which Pressure Cooker Brands Have Been Named in Lawsuits?

Particular models named in Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuits include, but are not limited to:

  • Tristar
  • Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • YBD60-100
  • PPC770
  • PPC780
  • PPC780P
  • PC-TRI6
  • PCXL-PRO6
  • PC-PRO8
  • Instant Brands
  • Instant Pot -LUX Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Instant Pot 6-Quart DUO Electric Pressure Cooker
  • SharkNinja
  • Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker
  • Sunbeam Products, Inc.
  • 600-V1 model Crock-Pot Multicooker
  • Wolfgang Puck
  • 8-Quart Rapid Pressure Cooker (BPCRM800)
  • Several other pressure cookers

General Pressure Cooker Statistics:

According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the majority of pressure cooker users are over the age of 30, with 46% of injured parties between the ages of 30 and 50, and 10% between 51 and 70. In 2008, of 39 sampled cases of pressure cooker-associated emergency room visits, 17 involved injuries where the pressure cooker either exploded or liquids burst from the pot, causing burns. The remaining 22 involved contact burns or steam burns.

There have been several recalls of pressure cookers in recent years due to safety concerns, including:

  • FagorSplendid Chef: Over 400,000 were recalled from 2007-2015, with more than 70 burn injuries reported.
  • Tristar Pressure Cooker: Recall of 145,000 units in 2012 due to lid detachments caused by excess pressure buildup, resulting in 29 reports of injuries.
  • Power Pressure Cooker XL: Recall nearly 1 million cookers in 2018 due to explosion and malfunction complaints.
  • Instant Pot Gem 65: Some batches were recalled in 2018 for potential fire risk from overheating.
  • Crock-Pot Express Crock: 2019 recall of 119,000 units following 99 incidents of the lid detaching violently.

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References:

1. https://dailyhornet.com/2017/lawsuit-filed-over-elite-bistro-pressure-cooker-explosion/
2. https://www.schmidtandclark.com/wp-content/uploads/Maxi-Matic-Elite-Platinum-Pressure-Cooker-lawsuit.pdf

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