October 13, 2022 — A man who was burned by an Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The plaintiff is a man from Ozone Park, New York, who bought a new Instant Pot Duo (IP-DUO) Pressure Cooker from Amazon in April 2018. In October 2019, he was burned while using it to make food.
According to the lawsuit, he was able to easily twist open the lid on his Instant Pot when it was still pressurized. This caused him to suffer “serious and substantial burn injuries” when food blew out of the pot.
He accuses the manufacturer, Instant Brands Inc., of misrepresenting the safety features that were supposed to lock the lid and prevent it from being opened when the Instant Pot was still pressurized.
For example, the lawsuit points to this video from a spokesperson who claims that “once the lid is locked, and the contents are under pressure, there’s no way to open the pressure cooker.”
Instead, he claims that the lid is removable when there is still pressure inside the Instant Pot. He accuses Instant Brands of selling defective pressure cookers, failing to issue a recall, failing to redesign the product, and misleading consumers about the safety of the product.
The Instant Pot Lawsuit was filed on September 28, 2022 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York — Case Number 1:22-cv-05800.
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