A growing number of complaints and lawsuits have been filed against Maxi-Matic by people who were severely burned when their ELITE Platinum Pressure Cookers exploded.
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Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
Gene and Bridget Iovino of Canyon Country, California have filed a lawsuit against Maxi-Matic USA Inc. after a pressure cooker they bought at Kohl’s exploded and caused 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns, according to a report in The Daily News.
The explosion occurred on March 6, 2015, when Bridget Iovino was using her Maxi-Matic pressure cooker to make chicken broth. It was the 4th time she had used the pressure cooker.
Bridget added the ingredients, poured in 10 cups of water, and set the timer for 1 hour. The cooker turned off automatically and she left it alone for 45 minutes. Then she depressurized the cooker, added more seasonings, and put the lid back on for 25 minutes.
That was when she saw an unusual amount of steam coming out of the exhaust valve, and it exploded shortly afterward:
“[Bridget] Iovino walked two steps away from the pressure cooker before it exploded, covering (her) with hot water and steam and leaving her with second- and third-degree burns.”
The lawsuit was filed in September 2015 in the Superior Court of California (Los Angeles County) — In RE: Bridget Iovino et al. v. Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. et al. — Case No. BC596416.
What is a Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker?
Maxi-Matic USA Inc. is a manufacturer of home appliances based in the City of Industry, California. The company sells the “ELITE Platinum 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker” through the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and major retailers like amazon.com.
Pressure Cooker Complaints
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received multiple complaints about Maxi-Matic pressure cookers exploding.
For example, in a report from June 2014, a 61 year-old woman was severely burned when it blew up in her face:
“I purchased an Elite 8 Quart Pressure Cooker in May 2014. On June 12, 2014, I was cooking white chili in my pressure cooker. I had cooked the chicken and onions until tender. I expelled the pressure in the cooker. After it was safe to open the cooker, I added a few additional ingredients which didn’t take as much time to cook as the chicken. I replaced the lid on the cooker and started the pressure cooker again. It began to increase in pressure but didn’t exactly as it had before. It was not [supposed to build pressure] if everything was not operating correctly. I leaned over the cooker to see if there was a problem and it exploded in my face. I had to go to the emergency room with 2nd degree burns on my scalp, face, shoulder and back.”
In a report from October 2016, an explosion caused devastating property damage:
“The lid of the pressure cooker broke away from the body with a loud boom. The lid was thrown through the air and broke my light fixture in the dining area about 4 feet away and landed on the floor of the kitchen. Plastic from the cooker and the food were stuck in the ceiling and kitchen floor. The tops of my cabinets had food land on them. Things fell so fast and hard it ripped up pieces of the flooring. Because the lid broke my glass fixture, glass chards rained down into the floors and cabinet top. Luckily my 7 year old was in the family room, and I was in the office so no one was harmed.”
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