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What is a Mirro Pressure Cooker?
Mirro pressure cookers are constructed from aluminum alloy. The cookers are designed with safety features including a removable self-sealing gasket that releases pressure, a safety fuse, and heatproof handles with a reminder ring .
Lawsuit Filed by Woman Burned in Explosion
A lawsuit was recently filed by a woman from Minnesota who was burned by a Mirro Pressure Cooker.
Plaintiff Katie S. claims she suffered “serious and substantial injuries” as a result of being able to easily open the pressure cooker’s lid when there was still a dangerous amount of pressure in the pot.
The lawsuit blames her injuries on the failure of the pressure cooker’s “special features,” which were supposed to include a vent as well as a lock lever that was advertised to lock when the lid was closed and unlock when the pressure was released.
Instead, opening the lid caused “its hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker” and onto her body. Her lawsuit blames the manufacturer for selling a defective pressure cooker, failing to redesign it or recall it to fix known hazards, and failing to warn consumers about the serious safety risks of using it.
On or about February 1, 2017, Plaintiff suffered serious and substantial burn injuries as the direct and proximate result of the pressure cooker’s lid being able to be rotated and opened while the pressure cooker was still under pressure, during the normal, directed use of the pressure cooker, allowing its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker and onto Plaintiff, the complaint states.
The complaint was entered on January 28, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the State of Minnesota (County of Hennepin) — Case Number 27-CV-21-1071 .
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Pressure Cooker Injuries
- 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
- And more
New Jersey Mirro Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
Group SEB USA Inc. is facing a product liability lawsuit alleging that defective safety features on Mirro Pressure Cookers do not work properly, which caused a woman to suffer severe burns and other burn injuries from scalding hot contents when a pressure cooker exploded.
The plaintiff filed the complaint in New Jersey Superior Court on September 3, naming Groupe SEB USA, doing business as Mirro, as a defendant, as well as several unnamed individuals and corporations involved with the pressure cookers’ manufacture and distribution.
The incident occurred when the plaintiff rotated and opened the pressure cooker lid without knowing the contents still were under pressure. Safety system failures allowed the lid to be removed, causing her to be severely burned by scalding hot contents, the lawsuit alleges.
Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Payout Statistics
The average settlement compensation payout for a defective pressure cooker lawsuit is reportedly around $125,000 to $200,000 for second-degree burns and $600,000 to $2,000,000 for third-degree burns.
For cases that involve facial injuries or permanent disfigurement, the damages can be reasonably expected to be higher.
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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