Tristar Power Pressure Cookers have been linked to reports of explosions severe burn injuries. Lawsuits have been filed but it has not been recalled.
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A pressure cooker is a sealed pot that uses hot steam to cook food. The pressure is created by boiling a liquid and trapping the steam inside. This cooks food faster and saves energy.
Pressure Cooker Explosions
The “explosions” are not actually strong enough to cause metal to rupture. The pressure inside the cooker is only equal to the pressure inside a can of soda. The real danger is hot food that sticks to the skin and causes severe burns.
Power Pressure Cooker XL
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is sold by the “As Seen on TV” giant Tristar Products. It has not been recalled despite reports of explosions, severe burn injuries, and several lawsuits. It remains available for sale at Target, WalMart, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Texas Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
In June 2015, a woman who was permanently scarred by an explosion involving pinto beans filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) in Texas. According to the complaint:
“Approximately two hours after unplugging the cooker, suddenly and without warning, the lid blew off of the cooker, and the pinto beans burst out of the cooker onto Mrs. Vasquez, resulting in extensive and severe burns to her body.”
Tristar Power Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
A lawsuit (PDF) has been filed by a couple from Florida who were severely burned when the Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded. The incident occurred when Lili Kekteva and her husband were making dinner in October 2014.
When they opened the pressure cooker, it spewed soup everywhere. He suffered 2nd-degree burns from his elbows to his fingertips. Lili was burned on her hand.
In an interview with CBS News, she said:
“He started to open it, and it blew out everything. … He burned his arms completely, and when he removed the clothes, shorts, his leg also was burned.”
CPSC Reports of Power Pressure Cooker Explosions
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received several reports of the Power Cooker XL exploding. Here are a few:
- March 2016 — Report — The lid blew off and burned a woman. It did not stay locked until the pressure was released.
- October 2015 — Report — The pressure cooker lid exploded and burned a woman with hot pea soup, which required emergency room treatment.
- October 2015 — Report — Pressure was not released by the pressure valve. When the consumer removed the lock, the lid exploded and she was burned.
- And more
Why Do Pressure Cookers Blow Up?
Most pressure cookers have a safety valve to release pressure before the lid is opened. Two common ways a pressure cooker explodes:
- Clogged Vents: Over-filling the pot or cooking foods that froth can clog the valve and prevent steam from escaping, resulting in pressure increasing to dangerous levels.
- Opening Lid Before Pressure is Released: If the seals fail or the lid is opened too early, it can spray scalding food in every direction.
Pressure Cooker Class Action
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas, but our lawyers are not filing a class action lawsuit. Many lawsuits have been filed by victims of pressure cooker explosions, but not as part of a class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits for people who were burned or injured.
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