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Ultrex Pressure Cooker Recall
According to the CPSC notice, HSN LP (previously called the Home Shopping Network) initially issued a recall for its Ultrex-Brand Pressure Cookers in 2006 , amid multiple reports of the cooker failing to remain sealed during operation. The lid was found to open while the contents were still under pressure, which caused them to burst out of the device at scalding hot temperatures.
The 8-quart pressure cooker has an optional steamer basket included, and model number 11453 can be found on the bottom of the pot. They were sold on the HSN television network, website, by phone, and at an employee store in Florida between June 2003 and October 2004.
Though 1,450 units were recalled from the market, there may still be pressure cookers being handed down or sold at second-hand stores.
Pressure Cooker Injuries
- Serious burns
- Hot steam burns
- Second-degree burns
- Third-degree burns
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Permanent scarring
- Emergency medical treatment
- Kitchen and/or property damage
Pressure Cooker Deaths Per Year and Other Statistics
According to a 2022 report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on Home Cooking Fires, fire departments in the United States annually respond to an average of 172,900 home structure fires caused by cooking activities . On average, these fires resulted in 4,820 civilian injuries and 550 civilian deaths each year. The property damages from kitchen-related house fires amounted to over $1 billion for homeowners.
The NFPA also estimated the following statistics for home fire-related injuries and fatalities in the U.S.:
- A home structure fire is reported every 93 seconds.
- A home fire-related injury occurs every 47 minutes.
- Someone dies due to a home fire every 3 hours and eight minutes.
Lawsuit Alleges Faulty Pressure Cooker Burned Mother, Daughter
As reported by the Southeast Texas Record, an Arkansas woman who alleges that the burns she and her daughter sustained were due to a defective pressure cooker has filed a lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer .
Plaintiff Amesiah Thomas spent more than an hour preparing food in an Ultrex 8-quart pressure cooker, after which she removed the cooker from the stove and left it until the pressure indicator showed the cooker to be at a normal position.
However, Thomas claims that when she began to open the pressure cooker lid, the top portion separated from the bottom portion, causing steam, hot water, and food to spray her and her daughter. As a result of the incident, Thomas and her daughter experienced severe burn injuries.
Alleging defective design, Thomas, individually and as the next friend of Amoyia Gentry, filed suit against Innova Inc. in August 2008 in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas.
Thomas states she acquired the cooker model 42018K before Jan. 1, 2006, but that it was defectively designed and manufactured at the time she received it.
The suit alleges strict product liability and breach of warranty, by arguing that a safer alternative design would have prohibited the incident from occurring.
The pressure cooker was defective and unreasonably dangerous as manufactured in that it separated under pressure when the pressure indicator showed that it was safe to open the pressure cooker, the complaint states.
Thomas accuses Innovia of being negligent for failing to properly design or manufacture the cooker, failing to incorporate a safer design, and placing the cooker on the market without warning or adequately warning the user of the product that it might be under pressure when the indicator had returned to a safe position.
The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, physical scarring, disfigurement, loss of wages, and loss of earning capacity.
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