What's the Problem?
According to a 2007 Recall Notice by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), this recall affected Bella Cucina "Zip Cookers," model number 03908 . The name and model number are located on the bottom of the pot.
The recalled pressure cookers were sold via the HSN television network, website, and toll-free number from February 2003 through March 2004, and at HSN employee and retail outlets from March 2003 through June 2004 for about $70, CPSC said. Here's the latest update on the Pressure Cooker Lawsuit that you should know about.
If you purchased a Zip Cooker that is affected by the recall, you should stop using it immediately and contact HSN for information about how to obtain a refund.
Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Settlement Value
According to a 2020 study by the National Institute of Health, the potential settlement value of a pressure cooker lawsuit depends on several variables, most notably the nature and severity of the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. The most common type of pressure cooker injury is a thermal burn. The settlement value of this type of injury depends on the severity and location of the burn .
The average first-degree burn injury in an auto accident case has an average settlement of between $25,000 and $75,000.
More serious injuries have higher payouts. The average compensation for a third-degree burn injury in an auto tort case is from $100,000 to $1,000,000. These numbers should be higher in product liability cases because the compensation value in auto cases is limited by insurance coverage.
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. CPCS said.
That said, the average settlement payout for a pressure cooker lawsuit is around $125,000 to $200,000 for second-degree burns and $600,000 to $2,000,000 for 3rd-degree burns. Cases involving facial burns with permanent disfigurement will be at the high end of the settlement range.
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 of nearly 1 million cookers in 2018 due to explosion and malfunction complaints.
- Instant Pot Gem 65: Some batches 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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- Bella Pressure Cookers Suit
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Do I Have a Zip Cooker Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Zip Cooker Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and are currently accepting new burn injury cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled pressure cooker, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.