What Are The Laws Protecting Consumers Injured By Defective Pressure Cookers?
Consumer safety laws are the most important in Pressure Cooker Lawsuits and apply throughout the chain of distribution, from the manufacturers, designers, wholesalers, distributors, and everyone involved in the product’s lifecycle from production to when the customer purchases it.
By law, manufacturers are *required* to adhere to minimum safety standards.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has an authorized list of regulations for general consumer products that all suppliers (manufacturers and importers) are obligated by law to provide with the proper documentation ensuring that the products they are selling comply with all applicable federal consumer product safety laws. For example, the General Conformity Certificate (GCC).
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As stated by the CPSC:
“Companies, including retailers, have a legal obligation to report a consumer product to the CPSC when they obtain information indicating that a product may create a substantial risk of injury to consumers, may be unreasonably hazardous or dangerous for consumers, may have been involved in a choking or “near miss” incident, or does not comply with rules, regulations, standards, or bans under the statutes enforced by the CPSC.
A manufacturer may be in the best position to have this type of information. However, a retailer with information that indicates a product may be a health or safety risk, as described above, is legally obligated to report that information immediately to the CPSC, unless they have actual knowledge that the CPSC has already been fully informed of the information.
Retailers may wish to contact the manufacturer, importer, distributor, private labeler, or others in a product’s supply chain to secure written assurances that they have fully reported a particular product to the CPSC. To protect yourself, a retailer may wish to provide a copy of the written assurances to the CPSC or they may wish to submit their own timely report to the CPSC.
Failure to report this type of information immediately and in full detail could lead to the imposition of substantial civil or criminal penalties.
More information is available, describing the duty to report products to the CPSC in greater detail.”
It is the pressure cooker manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that products they are designing and manufacturing are free of defects and design flaws. They also must contain proper instructions for safe use.
When you purchase a product in the United States, you are protected from unexpected risk and injury associated with use of the product such as the following (but not limited to):
- Manufacturing defects
- Design defects
- Transportation defects
- Communication about product dangers (i.e.- Failure to visibly and obviously disclaim dangers of using a product/proper usage conditions)
What other products are recalled due to product defects?
Click here to view the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recall List.
Common Causes Of Defective Pressure Cooker Explosion Accidents (And Other Accidents)-
- Faulty Gaskets – the rubber sealing rings around the lip of the pot that keep the pressure cooker airtight are often the culprits behind pressure cooker explosions
- Improper lid seals and/or locks – This can cause hot liquid to spill and injure users, especially when high heat and steam are built up and the lid is opened
- Improper ventilation – As the cooker is cooling down, insufficient ventilation can cause explosions due to steam not being able to properly vent/exit the cooker
- Faulty release valve – When functioning correctly, the release valve should maintain the appropriate level of pressure within the pressure cooker pot so it only lets out just enough steam to ensure the user is safe and out of harm.
- Faulty wiring – A common manufacturing issue is faulty wiring causing electrocutions. If parts of the pressure cooker have melted away, wires are exposed to liquids and cause electroceutical injuries.
- Digital Indication Malfunction – If the pressure cooker is giving faulty signals that indicate the pressure cooker is ready to be opened when it isn’t, users can be injured in many ways (burn, electrocution, etc.)
Common Pressure Cooker Explosion Injuries
A few common pressure cooker injuries include:
- Burn Injuries – At temperatures of 200+ degrees, explosions and spillage can cause 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns. Burns can also lead to long-lasting scars.
- Electrocutions – This can occur when electrical circuits touch water or steam. Also, defective insulation materials can cause electrocutions
- Catastrophic injuries – Pressure cooker explosions have left victims blind and with brain injuries
- Wrongful Death – Exploding pressure cookers can cause severe injuries or even death to anyone nearby
Pressure Cooker Injury Claims – Brands & Manufacturers
There are a large number of explosion claims regarding some of the most popular pressure cookers on the market. These brands include:
|ALDI Chef’s Collection Pressure Cooker||Crofton|
|Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”||HSN LP|
|Breville Fast Slow Cooker/td>||Breville|
|Crock Pot||Sunbeam Products, Inc.|
|Cuisinart||Conair Corporation d/b/a Cuisinart|
|Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker||Maxi Matic USA|
|Fagor EZ Lock||Fenca America, Inc.|
|Instant-Pot (Otherwise known as “Insta Pot”)||Instant Brands, Inc.|
|Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker||Maxi Matic USA|
|Manttra Pressure Cooker||TTK Prestige Ltd|
|Mirro||Groupe Seb USA, Inc.|
|Power Pressure Cooker XL||Tristar|
|Prestige Rise n Time||TTK Prestige Limited|
|Presto||National Presto Industries, Inc.|
|QVC Electric Pressure Cooker||QVC|
|Phillipe Richards||Tabletops Unlimited|
|Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker||Wolfgang Puck Enterprises, Inc.|
Class Actions Vs. Individual Suits
While pressure cooker explosion injuries may seem ripe for class action lawsuits, in some cases individual lawsuits may be in the best interests of the injured party.
Class Action Lawsuits
Class action lawsuits best serve injured clients when there is a large pool of victims with similar injuries. That makes for an easier time obtaining class status and can allow for a fair distribution of settlement money. But these class actions are no one size fits all. Victims with the most severe injuries aren’t always treated fairly when it comes to paying out a jury award or a settlement.
The Benefits Of Filing Individual Lawsuits In Pressure Cooker Explosion Cases
Class action lawsuits by design are one size fits all proposals. Unfortunately, some victims have more severe injuries than others. In many cases, the victims with the worst injuries are pressured into accepting a low-ball settlement offer. They may feel pressure to take this offer so as to not upturn the other members of the class.
With an individual lawsuit, the victim is in control. Our product liability attorneys can tailor trial strategy and negotiation tactics to an individual case and in turn obtain the best result for their client.
Do I Have Valid A Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?
Our firm is currently accepting pressure cooker explosion injury cases in every state in the country. Our firm is ready to listen to you, even if the model of pressure cooker involved has not yet been recalled.
We will help you get the compensation you deserve. What can I be compensated for in a defective pressure cooker explosion lawsuit?
- Pain and suffering (Past and future)
- Medical expenses (Past and future)
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement that comes with serious burns
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn future wages due to injury
- Personal assistance & support
- Life care services
- Property damages (Any necessary home modifications)
- Compensation for damage to your home
- Punitive damages
- And more
Pressure Cooker Lawsuits – Full Manufacturer / Brand Name List
Our attorneys at Zimmerman & Frachtman are actively involved in the litigation and filing individual pressure cooker explosion lawsuits throughout Florida and nationwide.
Please see the list of pressure cooker brands and manufacturers below that our attorneys are investigating regarding malfunction as well as the risk of explosion:
- ALDI Chef’s Collection Pressure Cooker
- Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”
- Bon Appetit
- Breville Fast Slow Cooker
- Cook Prep Eat
- Cooks by JC Penney
- Cook’s Essentials
- Double Insight
- Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
- Emeril Lagasse
- Harvest Direct
- Instant Pot / Insta-Pot
- Manttra Pressure Cooker
- Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker
- Ninja Foodi
- Philippe Richard
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- QVC Electric Pressure Cooker
- Tabletops Unlimited
- TTK Prestige
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
In short, it all depends on the case, but a consumer who has been injured by a pressure cooker explosion due to defective product design, manufacturing, transportation, poor communication / labeling of risks/dangers, and more, may have a case and should fight for the compensation they deserve.
Each court, whether it be federal or state court, has different requirements of what we can and cannot file, but it’s often best to file a “complaint and demand for jury trial”. By filing this, we are claiming the following:
- Strict Products Liability
- Negligent Products Liability
- Breach of Express Warranty
- Breach of Implied Warranty of Merchantability
- Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose
- A violation of a specific civic code (dependant on locale)
Unfortunately, poorly designed or manufactured pressure cookers can explode, causing severe burns and even shrapnel injuries to anyone in the vicinity of the blast. This can occur when the lid is opened before all of the pressure in the cooker is released.
How though? It’s nearly impossible to determine whether it’s safe for you to open the lid of a pressure cooker after it’s done cooking without the product functioning properly. When pressure cookers malfunction because of defects, they can explode and cause injury through the sudden release of built-up pressure or electrical charge.
Burn injuries range between three levels:
- First-degree burns = only the outer layer of skin is damaged
- Second-degree burns = the outer layer and the layer underneath is damaged
- Third-degree burns = the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath is damaged or even destroyed
Members of the distribution chain may still be liable even if you purchased a pressure cooker or other appliance pre-owned/secondhand.
Yes. Exploding pressure cookers can cause severe injuries, such as third degree burns, or even death to anyone nearby.
Pressure Cooker Safety Tips:
- Check your equipment before cooking
- Don't overfill the cooker
- Use enough liquid
- Take care when cooking foods that may froth
- Don't pressure fry
- Release pressure in a safe way
- Clean the cooker properly after use
When an extremely hot liquid under pressure is depressurized suddenly, the gases contained in the hot liquid (including steam), expand extremely rapidly, causing the contents of the pressure cooker to explode when the lid is removed.
- WOLFGANG PUCK PRESSURE COOKER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT – A class-action lawsuit was filed against the manufacturers of the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker in August 2017. The lawsuit stemmed from an explosion that gave a Texas woman severe burns after she was hit with hot food after the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker exploded.
- CROFTON PRESSURE COOKERS RECALLED BY ALDI – ALDI grocery stores initiated a recall of the popular Crofton Chef’s Collection 6L Stainless Steel Pressure Cookers in 2017. This recall was due to a malfunction that caused the lid of the cooker to unlock during cooking, spraying the nearby area with hot food or steam.
- WOMAN AIRLIFTED TO BURN CENTER AFTER PRESSURE COOKER EXPLODES – In August of 2016, a New Jersey woman was also severely injured from a pressure cooker explosion. The 48-year-old woman was working in a cafeteria at a New Jersey temple at the time of the explosion. The cooker exploded while the woman was preparing hot rice, and she was severely burned on her arms and hands. The burns were so severe that she was airlifted to a specialized burn center in Livingston, New Jersey.
- POWER PRESSURE COOKER XL – A similar lawsuit was filed in Texas in 2015. A woman who was using the cooker for the first time was injured while making pinto beans in the Power Pressure Cooker XL. While she was cooking, the lid blew off causing the beans and hot steam to burst from the cooker. The woman was badly burned, with her injuries leaving permanent scarring on her body.
- “AS SEEN ON TV” – The Power Pressure Cooker XL is best known as an “As See on TV” product manufactured by Tristar Products, Inc. There are a growing number of lawsuits against Tristar Products, Inc. related to injuries from the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
- POWER PRESSURE COOKER XL LAWSUITS MOUNT – In June of 2015, a lawsuit was filed by a Florida woman over burn injuries she and her husband sustained when their Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded. The explosion caused the couple to be sprayed with hot soup which caused second-degree burns.