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Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuits

Pressure Cooker Explosions Cause Serious Injury

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Were you injured by a pressure cooker explosion? What seemed like a freak accident may really be the product of the pressure cooker manufacturer’s negligence.

The maker of the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, Tristar Power Pressure Cooker, or other pressure cooker appliance should have done more to prevent the device failure that harmed you. Since this company failed to do so, it should be the one paying for the consequences of your injuries.

The number of pressure cooker injury lawsuits has been on the rise in recent years, as numerous electric pressure cooker models are being investigated over claims of design flaws and manufacturing defects.

Why Did My Pressure Cooker Explode?

In the aftermath of a serious injury, you might wonder how things went so wrong. Find out why pressure cookers explode.

How Dangerous Is a Pressure Cooker?

If you’ve suffered serious injuries from a pressure cooker, you’re not alone—unfortunately. Learn more about the pressure cooker injuries that may be the grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Can I Sue for a Pressure Cooker Injury?

Injured pressure cooker users across the country are moving forward with claims against the manufacturers of defective appliances. Find out how an attorney can help—at no upfront cost.

For hundreds of burn victims, it wasn’t a user error but rather a defect or malfunction of the pressure cooker that caused the explosion to happen. A pressure cooker injury lawyer can investigate the explosion and determine if you’re eligible for compensation. Call 866-778-5500 today for your free consultation.

Can a Pressure Cooker Explode?

The recent wave of popularity might trick you into thinking pressure cookers are new inventions, but the basic technology has been around for decades—centuries, even.

Modern electric pressure cookers and multi-cookers have far more advanced safety features than old-fashioned pressure cookers do. The problem is that faulty designs and manufacturing defects could render these safety features useless.

These locks, seals, latches, gaskets, vents, and safety valves can fail. When they do, pressure cookers can explode.

Hundreds of injured victims have already filed lawsuits against the makers of pressure cookers and multi-cookers, including Instant Brands, Inc., the manufacturer of Instant Pot. Instant Pots and other multi-cookers, like Sunbeam’s Crock-Pot multi-cookers, have been the subject of safety recalls, some of them large-scale.

What Is a Pressure Cooker Explosion?

Let’s take a step back. What exactly is a pressure cooker, and what does it mean for one to “explode”?

Pressure Cookers on the Market

Pressure cooker refers to a kitchen appliance that uses a combination of the machine’s internal pressure and thermal heat to cook food faster. Electric pressure cookers go by many names:

  • Instant Pots (a brand name)
  • Crock-Pots (another brand name, referring to multi-cookers that include pressure cooking functionality, not devices that are strictly slow cookers)
  • One-pots
  • Multi-pots and multi-cookers

Pressure cooking technology first came into use in 1679, but the devices used then obviously looked a lot different from modern electric models.

Just a few examples of modern electric pressure cooker models that have either been recalled for safety reasons or prompted burn injury lawsuits include:

Pressure cooker lawyers are currently investigating claims related to more than 70 models of electric pressure cookers produced by at least eight different manufacturers.

What Happens When a Pressure Cooker Explodes?

Some defective pressure cookers send lids and metal components rocketing into the air, and they can end up lodged in the ceiling. Other times, the explosion itself isn’t as dramatic, but it’s still dangerous.

The contents of a pressure cooker—steam, liquids, and solid food—reach temperatures well above that of boiling water. When they spray uncontrollably out of the appliance, these contents are hot enough to scald users with second- or third-degree burns, often over a large portion of their bodies.

If the explosion does send metal components flying, it’s all the more dangerous. These shrapnel injuries can cause deep cuts, become lodged in the body, and even sever limbs.

Why Do Pressure Cookers Explode?

The forces that a pressure cooker uses to quickly cook through meats, stews, sauces, and other foods—pressure and heat—combine to create the potential for an explosion.

Only modern safety features keep these appliances venting steam (and pressure) safely and opening without spewing scalding hot food contents all over the user. When these safety mechanisms fail, due to a design or manufacturing defect, a pressure cooker explosion can occur.

Why Can a Pressure Cooker Explode If You Open It While It Is Working?

When you put a meal in a pressure cooker and shut the lid tight, you create a sealed chamber inside the appliance. Within this chamber, the heat and steam generated by the device combine to create a high level of internal pressure.

It’s this combination of pressure and heat—in excess of 200 degrees, often climbing to more than 40 degrees above the boiling point of water— that speeds up cooking times by as much as 75 percent.

The extraordinary pressure that makes this cooking appliance work is the same force that makes an explosion possible. The lid must stay securely locked onto the appliance, or that pressure could blast it upwards. The steam must be released safely and thoroughly before the lid can be opened. Otherwise, it could expel the hot contents on the unsuspecting user.

How Likely Is It for a Pressure Cooker to Explode?

Explosions that can shoot lids into the air, spray dangerously hot contents everywhere, and turn internal metal components into flying shrapnel are a known possibility of pressure cooking.

That’s why modern electric pressure cookers are made with multiple safety features that are supposed to prevent explosions by releasing this steam and the pressure along with it. Compared to old-fashioned stovetop pressure cookers, these electric pressure cookers with safety valves, locks, latches, and other safety features are less likely to explode and cause injury.

The problem is that these safety features can fail. When they do, the damage they can cause is life-changing.

There’s no definite way to tell exactly how often a safety feature failure occurs in electric pressure cookers or how commonly such a failure causes serious injuries. What we do know is that hundreds of people across the United States are pursuing pressure cooker lawsuits over burn injuries and other types of harm caused by an explosion.

These devastating injuries didn’t have to happen. They could have been prevented if only the manufacturer hadn’t made a device where the safety mechanisms intended to protect users were able to fail.

Safety Concerns With Electric Pressure Cookers

“… pressure cooking presents some inherent potential risks”
Modern electric pressure cookers are designed with safety in mind, specifically because pressure cooking presents some inherent potential risks.

The reality is that these safety features are all that stand between users and a hazardous situation capable of leaving you with severe burns all over your body. If even one of these safety features fails, the result could be devastating.

How Pressure Cooker Safety Features Can Fail

Some of the safety mechanism failures that most commonly lead to a pressure cooker explosion include:

  • Faulty lids, latches, locks, or gaskets that keep the lid from sealing properly or staying securely shut. These failures allow a lid to burst off of the appliance as the pressure within the device builds.
  • Defective pressure release vents that allow the lid to open prematurely, when enough steam is still inside the cooking chamber to violently and forcefully expel the scalding hot food contents.
  • Poorly placed vents inside the cooking chamber of the pressure cooker, which can become blocked by its contents so that the vent fails to safely release the pressure as intended.
  • Defective auto-shutoff mechanisms, which may allow the appliance to overheat and catch fire.

This isn’t an exhaustive list. Pressure cooker explosions may result from any defect in the design, manufacturing, or function of safety features and device components like the following:

  • Lids
  • Locks
  • Latches
  • Seals
  • Gaskets
  • Vents
  • Hinges
  • Valve mounts
  • Handles
  • Automatic or manual shutoff mechanisms

When one or more parts of an electric pressure cooker malfunction in such a way that it causes a dangerous situation, some form of negligence on the part of the product’s manufacturer is often to blame.

The Causes of Pressure Cooker Explosions

Most pressure cooker injury lawsuits result from one or more of the following types of manufacturer negligence:

  • Defective design: A design that seemed explosion-proof in theory could turn out to be faulty when real-world forces are applied.
  • Defective manufacturing: A manufacturing defect could allow unexpected safety mechanism failures to happen, even when the user does everything right.
  • Defective marketing/failure to provide proper warnings: If the company’s marketing was misleading or it failed to provide adequate instructions and warnings for using the pressure cooker, the user may not have known the right (safe) way to use it—and the negligence of the pressure cooker’s maker is to blame.

Pressure cooker injury lawsuits fall under a type of legal matter known as product liability. Basically, you’re seeking financial compensation from the maker of the product under the theory that a defect in design, manufacturing, marketing, or consumer warnings makes this party liable, or legally accountable, for your injuries.

Who Would You Sue in a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?

Most product liability lawsuits are filed against one or more of the following defendants:

  • The product manufacturer
  • The product designer
  • A supplier, distributor, or wholesaler of the product
  • A retailer selling the product
  • A marketing company

As of May 2021, some of the companies against which pressure cooker injury lawyers are currently either pursuing active lawsuits or investigating claims include:

  • Instant Brands, Inc., the company behind the popular Instant Pot line of pressure cookers
  • Sunbeam, the maker of Crock-Pot brand electric pressure cookers and multi-cookers in sizes ranging from 4-quart to 10-quart
  • Tristar Products, Inc., the maker of numerous Power Cooker and Power Cooker XL pressure cooker models, explosions of which have been documented by major news reports from sources like CBS Miami
  • SharkNinja, best known for its Ninja Foodi brand pressure cookers
  • Gourmia, best known for its ExpressPot pressure cooker appliances, of which more than half a dozen different models are available at sizes ranging from 4-quart to 12-quart
  • BELLA, which manufactures numerous programmable multi-cookers and 10-in-1 multi-cookers
  • Nuwave, which sells Nutri-Pot Digital Pressure Cookers in sizes up to 13 quarts
  • Maxi-Matic, which produces numerous Elite Platinum and Elite Bistro electric pressure cooker models (and which, in 2018, was involved in a lawsuit settlement arising from pressure cooker exploding injuries a user sustained in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Daily News)

You don’t have to figure out for yourself who to sue and how to prove each party’s negligence. A pressure cooker lawyer with experience taking on major corporations can look at the unique facts of your situation, identify all possible defendants, and gather the evidence to prove negligence and liability. This is all part of the work your attorney will do when handling your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.

What Are Common Types of Pressure Cooker Injuries?

Victims have suffered some horrific injuries in pressure cooker explosions, including:

  • Burns: Burn injuries are the most common injury from defective pressure cookers and often cover a large portion of the victim’s body. The contents of working pressure cookers are hot enough to cause second- and third-degree burns, which prompt victims to undergo grueling treatments like skin grafts. Thermal burns are the biggest threat, but electrical burns can also occur.
  • Cuts: Cuts and lacerations are likely to occur when the metal components of a pressure cooker appliance explode like shrapnel.
  • Amputations: The shrapnel injuries can be severe enough to sever a limb. Amputations may also occur due to infections that develop from burns, cuts, and other injuries. 
  • Bleeding: Severe cuts and other serious injuries could lead to substantial blood loss and may even prove fatal if a victim loses too much blood too quickly.
  • Eye injuries: Some of the most serious injuries that result from pressure cooker explosions affect the face and, specifically, the eyes. Burns and shrapnel injuries to the eyes can lead to blindness.
  • Brain injuries: Concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may occur if the victim is hit in the head with airborne lids or other types of debris in a pressure cooker explosion or if the spilled food contents cause the user to fall and hit their head. 
  • Broken bones: Similarly, bone fractures can happen as a direct result of being struck by flying debris or as a result of slipping and falling on spilled food contents.

Emergency room visits, hospitalization, treatment in a specialized burn unit, and skin graft surgeries are all possible repercussions of a pressure cooker explosion. Some victims have to undergo physical therapy and other rehabilitation therapies. For limb loss survivors, finding, affording, and learning to use prosthetic limbs can be an overwhelming challenge.

Many victims also cope with disfiguring scars. While scar revision treatments can reduce the appearance of scars somewhat, it’s not unusual to have lifelong scars after a major burn, cut, or other serious injury.

It’s bad enough when a defective pressure cooker causes a terrible injury to an unsuspecting user who did all the right things. What’s even worse is that these explosions have sometimes harmed innocent children who just happened to be playing in or passing through the kitchen while an adult used the pressure cooker.

Get Help From No-Win, No-Fee Pressure Cooker Injury Lawyers

If you believe a faulty pressure cooker caused your injuries, there’s only one way to find out: allow a pressure cooker injury attorney to review your case at no cost.

Pressure cooker lawyers are personal injury attorneys who handle faulty device claims. These experienced burn attorneys are currently representing clients in Instant Pot lawsuits, Tri-star power cooker pressure cooker lawsuits, and claims against other manufacturers.

By moving forward with a claim, you can receive compensation for all of the harms you suffered because of your injuries.

Damages in an Exploding Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

The injuries caused by a faulty pressure cooker can affect every part of your life long after the explosion occurs. The point of filing a pressure cooker lawsuit is to get the compensation that covers all of your losses, or damages, and makes you financially whole.

The damages you can seek in an exploding pressure cooker lawsuit may include:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs, including the costs of future medical care
  • Lost wages while you are temporarily out of work
  • Loss of or decrease in earning potential, if you are permanently disabled (partially or completely)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Decrease in quality of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement

Pressure cooker settlements are specific to your unique situation. An attorney can identify and document all of your damages and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Free Case Review for an Exploding Pressure Cooker Injury Claim

Don’t let the manufacturer of a dangerous product avoid the consequences. Your family deserves compensation, and the maker of a defective pressure cooker deserves to be held accountable.

The personal injury attorneys at Console & Associates are working with a network of experienced product liability law firms to investigate pressure cooker explosions and connect victims to no-win, no-fee legal services. For a free, no-obligation case review, call 866-778-5500 today.

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