Instant Pots are pressure cookers with many safety features to prevent accidents. If an Instant Pot explosion occurs, anyone nearby can suffer devastating burn injuries.
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UPDATE: More Instant Pot Injury Lawsuits Filed Nationwide
In recent months, a growing number of Instant Pot lawsuits have been filed nationwide. Here are a couple examples:
- In February 2020, a woman from California filed an Instant Pot Lawsuit (PDF) after she was burned by an Instant Pot that exploded when she opened the lid.
- In September 2019, another Instant Pot Lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a woman from Delaware who was burned by an explosion of food as soon as she opened the lid.
What is the Problem?
These lawsuits allege that the “safety features” on the Instant Pot are defective and fail to prevent a person from opening the lid when there is still a dangerous amount of pressure in the pot, which can result in an explosion of hot food and severe burn injuries to anyone standing nearby.
Lawsuit Filed After Girl Burned by Instant Pot Explosion
In September 2017, 9 year-old Caroline Cooper suffered 3rd-degree burns covering about 16% of her body when an Instant Pot exploded. Her family has filed a lawsuit claiming that the product is defective and dangerous. Click here to read more.
Instant Pot Explosions
Pressure cookers are one of the scariest kitchen appliances because they can explode and cause severe burn injuries. The good news is that Instant Pots have safety features to reduce the risk of an explosion — but it is not impossible. Any pressure cooker can explode if the vent is clogged, if the lid is opened too early, or if the blowout prevention features fail.
Pressure Cooker Accidents
Instant Pots use an electrical heating element to boil liquid and produce steam. The steam is trapped inside the pot with a locked-on lid until the pressure increases substantially.
The temperature inside an Instant Pot rises to at least 250ºF, which is about 40º hotter than the boiling-point of water (212ºF). If the lid were to open, the pressure would explode out of the pot — along with liquid, steam, and sticky food. The hazards of a pressure cooker accident include:
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-degree burns
- Steam scalds
- Skin graft surgery
- Cuts and lacerations
- Vision loss & blindness
How to Avoid Instant Pot Accidents & Burn Injuries
The Instant Pot is one of the safest pressure cookers on the market, but accidents do happen. Here are some of the most common errors and ways to avoid a serious explosion, blowout, or food overflowing:
- Do not leave your Instant Pot unattended. Busy chefs like the “set it and forget it” aspect of the Instant Pot, but it is not advisable to leave your house when your Instant Pot is cooking. You will not be around to turn it off — or prevent it from burning if there is too much steam coming out and it runs out of water.
- Make sure you put enough water in the pot. The Instant Pot needs a minimum of 1 cup of liquid to get to (and maintain) pressure. If you run out of steam, the Instant Pot will overheat.
- Do not fill up your Instant Pot more than half-way with foods that expand. This includes foods like rice, lentils, oats, beans, pasta, cornmeal. They may overflow and cause serious burn injuries from boiling-hot sticky food.
- Do not deep fry anything in the Instant Pot. KFC uses an industrial pressure cooker that is specifically made to fry chicken. Do not try this at home in your Instant Pot — or you could end up with a major explosion of hot oil.
Instant Pot Recalled for Electrical Burn Hazard
In July 2015, around 1,000 of the “Instant Pot Smart” and “Instant Pot Smart 60” Bluetooth-enabled pressure cookers were recalled because 3 consumers reported being burned by electrical shocks. The recalled Instant Pots were sold for about $250 between November 2014 and May 2015.
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