Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by people who were seriously burned by pressure cooker explosions. These lawsuits allege that lids fail to lock as advertised, putting consumers at risk.
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UPDATE: Best Buy Recalls 930,000 Insignia Pressure Cookers
In October 2023, Best Buy recalled 930,000 Insignia Pressure Cookers after 17 people were burned, including serious 2nd-degree and 3rd-degree burns.
The problem is that the inner pot has incorrect volume markings, which can cause consumers to over-fill the pot. This can result in a dangerous explosion of hot food and liquid when the unit is vented or opened.
The recall involves Insignia Multi-Function Pressure Cookers (6-qt. and 8-qt. sizes) with model numbers NS-MC60SS8, NS-MC60SS9, or NS-MC80SS9.
The recall also includes inner cooker pots with model numbers NS-MCRP6NS9 and NS-MCRP6SS9, which were sold separately as replacements.
These pressure cookers were sold at Best Buy stores nationwide and online at www.bestbuy.com and www.amazon.com from October 2017 through June 2023 for between $50 and $120.
Sensio Recalls 860,000 Pressure Cookers After 61 People Burned
In August 2023, Sensio recalled about 860,000 pressure cookers under brand-names like Bella®, Bella Pro Series®, Crux® and Cooks® after at least 61 people suffered burn injuries. According to the recall:
The pressure cooker’s lid can unlock and be removed during use, causing the hot contents to unexpectedly splash out, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
The recall involves electric and stovetop pressure cookers that were sold at JCPenney, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Macy’s and Target stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and other websites from September 2015 through September 2020.
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What is Pressure Cooking?
Pressure cookers are kitchen appliances that cook food faster, hotter, and more efficiently using steam. There are two type of pressure cookers: stovetop pressure cookers and electronic pressure cookers.
Both work in essentially the same way. Heat from a stove or an electric cooking element boils the water inside the pot. The steam generated by the boiling water is trapped in the pot with a locking lid.
The temperature inside a pressure cooker can get much higher than the boiling point of water — 250ºF or higher. This is great for cooking food quickly with less energy. It also avoids heating up the kitchen.
Pressure Cooker Burn Injuries
The problem is that pressure cookers can also be extremely dangerous. If the lid opens when there is still pressure inside the pot, it creates an explosion of super-heated steam, liquid and sticky foods.
Steam can cause scalding burns over huge swaths of skin. Food that sticks to the body or clothing can rapidly cause 3rd-degree burns that cause scarring and must be treated with hospitalization or skin grafts.
Another Risk: Metal & Plastic Shrapnel
There have also been cases where pressure cooker explosions blew apart sharp pieces of metal or plastic, like the valves or parts of the lid. Anyone who is unlucky enough to be standing nearby when this occurs can rapidly suffer major injuries, lacerations, or even blindness.
Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Claim Lids Fail to Lock
In recent years, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by people who were seriously burned by pressure cooker explosions. These lawsuits allege that certain pressure cookers are defective because the lid can open when the pot is still pressurized — either by a person twisting open the lid, or the pressure in the pot causing the lid to exploded off.
What is the Problem?
The manufacturers of electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot have made a fortune by promoting their “safety features.” These advertisements typically claim that the lid cannot be opened until all of the pressure has been safely released, unlike traditional stovetop pressure cookers, which had a reputation for being dangerous.
Pressure Cooker Lawsuits & Recalls
The following types of pressure cookers have been recalled, or named in lawsuits by people who were burned when they exploded:
- ALDI Pressure Cookers
- Alcan Pressure Cookers (Rochedo®)
- Bella Pressure Cooker (made by Sensio)
- Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”
- Breville Fast-Slow Pressure Cooker
- Crock Pot Pressure Cooker
- Crofton Chef’s Collection Pressure Cookers
- Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker
- Double Insight Multi-Cookers (Walmart)
- Fagor EZ Lock Pressure Cooker
- Farberware Pressure Cookers
- Gourmia Pressure Cooker
- HSN Ultrex Pressure Cookers
- Insignia Pressure Cookers
- Manttra Pressure Cookers
- Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker
- Mealthy MultiPot Pressure Cooker
- Mirro Pressure Cooker
- Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker
- Nutrex Pressure Cookers
- Nutri-Pot Pressure Cooker
- NuWave Pressure Cooker
- Oster Pressure Cooker
- Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker
- Prestige Smartplus Pressure Cooker
- Presto Pressure Cookers
- QVC Cook’s Essentials Pressure Cooker
- Rena Ware Nutrex Pressure Cookers
- SilverOnyx Pressure Cookers
- Sunbeam Crockpot
- Tower Pressure Cookers
- Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Vasconia Pressure Cooker (Lifestyle Brands)
- Walmart Pressure Cookers
- Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers (HSN)
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cookers
- And more
Examples of Pressure Cooker Settlements
The outcome of each individual pressure cooker lawsuit depends on the facts of the case, but lawyers have successfully negotiated settlements in many cases involving severe burn injuries.
For example, a $27 million settlement was awarded to the family of a Samantha G., a 2-year-old girl who suffered severe burns over 60% of her body when a Vasconia Pressure Cooker exploded in 2015.
In November 2018, Kohl’s paid a confidential settlement in a pressure cooker lawsuit that was filed by Gene and Bridget I., a couple from California who were burned by a Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker explosion in 2015.
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