Lawsuits have being filed by home cooks who were severely burned by sudden pressure cooker explosions. Dozens injuries have been linked to the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL, Maxi-Matic, and other products.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting pressure cooker explosion injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been burned or injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a pressure cooker?
What makes a pressure cooker burst open?
What happens when a pressure cooker explodes?
What is a steam explosion?
Are pressure cookers safe?
Was my slow cooker recalled?
Was my Instant Pot recalled?
Was my pressure cooker recalled?
What is the Power Pressure Cooker XL?
How many people have been injured?
Have pressure cooker lawsuits been filed?
Do I have a pressure cooker lawsuit?
Pressure cookers heat food with steam, which cooks food faster with less energy. They essentially have three parts: a pot, a lid, and a valve to release steam and keep the pressure from increasing too much.
During cooking, the lid is “locked” onto the pot and the only way for hot steam to escape is through the valve. If the valve is blocked, the pressure will eventually increase so much that the lid blows off the top. They can also burst open if the lid does not seal or lock completely. The steam inside rapidly expands and sprays out burning-hot food.
Here is a picture of what can happen when the safety features on a pressure cooker fails. The lid is embedded in the ceiling — picture a metal frisbee flying at 100 miles per hour. Hot food sprayed all over the kitchen. The force of the explosion shattered the cooktop and destroyed the stove below it.
Steam explosions violently eject a cloud of boiling-hot water that can fill an entire kitchen. Hot steam can rapidly burn large sections of skin. These burns are not very deep, but they are extremely painful and can cause scarring.
Hot foods like beans can also spray out, stick to the skin, and cause severely disfiguring burns. People can be injured or killed by metal shrapnel. The injuries linked to pressure cooker explosions include:
- Steam burns
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Traumatic brain injuries (concussion)
- Leg amputation, bleeding, lacerations
- Face burns
- Death of a pregnant woman in Spain
In December 2015, about 35,000 Breville Fast Slow Cookers were recalled because hot steam and food could escape. Five people had 2nd-degree burns on the hands, arm, or stomach.
In July 2015, about 1,140 Instant Pot Pressure Cookers were recalled due to the risk of electrical shock. Three consumers reported being electrocuted.
In 2006, about 900 QVC Electric Pressure Cookers were recalled because they could explode. At least 37 people were seriously burned, including four people who suffered 3rd-degree burn injuries.
In 2007, over 38,250 Manttra Pressure Cookers were recalled because the lid did not completely seal during cooking. Two people were burned.
In 2007, Home Shopping Network (HSN) recalled about 8,300 Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker” Low Pressure Cookers after eight consumers reported burn injuries from food bursting out — including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-degree burns.
Tristar Products Inc. — the “As Seen on TV” company — sells the Electric Power Pressure Cooker XL. It has not been recalled, despite a growing number of reports of people who were injured or burned.
At least 10 accidents have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Pressure cooker injuries have been reported in the news, including a 48 year-old cafeteria worker who had to be airlifted to a hospital with a burn unit in New Jersey.
Yes. In 2015, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed by two people who suffered 3rd-degree burns when their Tristar Pressure Cooker XL exploded — Case No. 1:15-cv-22364.
Also in 2015, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed in Texas who was severely burned and permanently scarred by pinto beans that exploded out or her Tristar Pressure Cooker XL — Case No. Case No. 1:15-cv-00108.
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Pressure Cooker induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Attention Lawyers: We consider a referral from another law firm to be one of the greatest compliments. If your firm is interested in referring us a case or for us to send you a list of previous award judgments and/or average referral fees, please visit the Lawyer Referral section of our website.