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Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by consumers who were severely burned when a defective pressure cooker exploded hot food, boiling liquid, and scalding steam.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

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 or burned by an exploding pressure cooker — even if the pressure cooker has not been recalled yet — 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.

$27 Million Awarded in Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

A $27 million settlement was awarded to the family of a 2-year-old girl who had several limbs amputated after she was severely burned by a Vasconia® pressure cooker that exploded.

Pressure Cooker Lawsuits

A growing number of lawsuits and injuries have been linked to the following pressure cookers:

What is a Pressure Cooker?

Pressure cookers are popular kitchen appliances because they cook food faster and more efficiently than a traditional stovetop pot. As heat in the pot increases, liquids boil and produce steam.

The locked-on lid traps the steam inside the pot. Pressure increases and temperatures in the pot increase to 250ºF, which is hotter than the boiling-point of water. When the food is done cooking, valves release the pressure so that the lid can be safely opened.

Today, some of the most popular pressure cookers are electric products that plug into the wall and use a heating element to cook the food. There are also stove-top pressure cookers that must be placed on a hot stove to cook food inside the pot.

Pressure Cooker Explosions

Pressure cookers explosions are extremely dangerous because they typically involve large amounts of steam and sticky food. Scalds can cover vast areas of skin in extremely painful burns. Food can stick to clothing and cause deep 3rd-degree burns that require skin grafting.

In some cases, pressure cooker explosions can eject pieces of metal or plastic shrapnel, or defective parts such as valves or the lid itself. Anyone standing nearby can suffer major cuts, bleeding, or blindness.

Types of Pressure Cooker Injuries

  • Burns
  • Scalds
  • Scarring
  • Lacerations
  • Bleeding
  • Blindness
  • Infection
  • Amputation
  • Death

Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL Class Action Lawsuits

In June 2018, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich led an 18-state bipartisan objection to an unfair class action lawsuit settlement for the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL.

The class action claims that the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL is defective because it can explode and cause injuries — but under the settlement, 3 million consumers would lose their ability to file injury lawsuits against Tristar, and class action lawyers get $2.5 million cash.

The lawsuit claims that certain models of Tristar pressure cookers are defective because they can:

  • Suddenly release steam when the lid is open
  • The lid can be opened when the pot is pressurized
  • The pressure release valve may not accurately indicate pressure-levels
  • A faulty gasket can allow the lid to open when the pot is pressurized
  • The unit may not seal properly
  • The pressure cooker can develop pressure when the lid is not completely closed

Pressure Cooker Lawsuits

In recent years, dozens of lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured when their pressure cooker exploded. Many of these lawsuits involve products that were advertised as having “safety features” — such as a lock-on lid that won’t open until all of the pressure is safely released — that failed to prevent an explosion.

Here are a few examples of Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL lawsuits:

  • In September 2017, a group of 6 people filed a pressure cooker lawsuit when they are burned by a exploding Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL.
  • In June 2015, a federal lawsuit (PDF) was filed in Florida against Tristar by a woman and her husband who suffered 2nd-degree burns when the cooker exploded hot soup (Case No. 1:15-cv-22364).
  • Another Power Pressure Cooker XL Lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a woman from Texas who was permanently scarred when it exploded hot pinto beans (Case No. 1:15-cv-00108).
  • In October 2014, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Lili K. and her husband, who were both burned when a Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded hot soup.

Do I have a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?

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 or burned by an exploding pressure cooker — even if the pressure cooker has not been recalled yet — 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.

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