December 22, 2017 — A woman from Texas who was seriously burned by a Power Pressure Cooker explosion has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, Tristar Inc.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Brenicka L., a 29 year-old woman from Orange, Texas, who received the pressure cooker as a gift from her husband in September 2015 after he saw it advertised on TV.
In February 2016, at approximately 11:00 a.m., she began making beans and sausage for the family’s Sunday dinner using her pressure cooker.
She started the recipe by putting a 1-pound bag of beans with 3 cups of water into the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Then she added the ingredients, filling the inner pot about half-way.
She locked and secured the lid, selected the “BEAN” setting, and the pressure cooker automatically set a timer for 45 minutes and began to pressurize. After 45 minutes, she heard the unit “beep” and opened the valve to release the steam.
After there was no longer steam coming out of the pressure cooker, she began twisting the lid to open. That was when it exploded:
“Suddenly, the lid popped off the top of the Pressure Cooker. Part of the Pressure Cooker’s scalding hot contents shot out and landed all over the kitchen, including on Plaintiff’s chest, breasts, neck and arms.”
She suffered serious and substantial burn injuries, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-degree scald burns to her chest, breasts, arms, and neck.
According to the lawsuit, she blames her injuries on the failure of the pressure cooker’s “Built-In Safety Features” — including the “lid safety lock” — that were supposed to keep consumers safe from explosions.
Nationwide, Tristar is now facing ate last 20 lawsuits and class actions from people who were injured by the Power Pressure Cooker XL because they were able to open the lid while it still contained a dangerous amount of pressure. The lawsuits allege that Tristar knew the pressure cooker was defective and continued to sell it without redesigning the lid.
The lawsuit was filed on November 7, 2017 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) Civil Trial Division — Case ID: 171100481.
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