Pressure cookers can reduce time spent in the kitchen preparing meals and make the process more convenient. Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous. Pressure cooker users claim they have suffered second and third degree burns after their pressure cookers exploded while in use.
According to reports, the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL can explode. Several users have been forced to go to the emergency room for severe burns.
Pressure cookers have long had a reputation for exploding and putting users at risk. In most cases, the explosions occurred as a result of the lid coming off prematurely, which causes the hot contents to pour over and injure those in the immediate area. But newer models feature locks to prevent accidents.
Unfortunately, at least in the case of the Tristar brand cookers, the locks were not enough to prevent emergencies.
Tristar Pressure Cookers Cause Second and Third Degree Burns
Pressure cookers are designed to have airtight seals that are reinforced with a rubber gasket. This is how air is prevented from escaping during the cooking process. If the seal breaks, the air is released and the lid can fly off, along with the piping hot contents. Though newer models of pressure cookers claim to be safer and prevent this problem, many users have reported their cookers exploding despite the seals and locks.
Burns are the most common injury associated with pressure cookers and in many cases, these burns are serious. Someone standing close to a pressure cooker when it explodes (a common occurrence when preparing dinner) can suffer second and third degree burns. These are injuries serious enough to cause permanent scarring and require extended physical therapy.
Have Pressure Cookers Been Recalled?
During the course of the last decade or so, many pressure cooker models have been recalled due to their risk for explosion. The following is a list of pressure cookers that were part of a recall:
- Breville Pressure Cooker
- Mantra Pressure Cooker
- Ultrex Brand Pressure Cooker
- Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cooker
These recalls date back to 2005.
The last pressure cooker on the recall list, the Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cooker, was the subject of a Home Shopping Network Scandal. The television retailer received numerous reports of injuries caused by the device, but failed to report the incidents. When the Consumer Products Safety Commission learned of the explosions, and HSN’s failure to report the consumer injuries, the network was fined nearly $900,000.
Pressure Cooker Lawsuits
As a result of the injuries that have been inflicted on pressure cooker users, lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these devices, as well as the retail establishments that sold them. There are currently pressure cooker lawsuits filed against Tristar, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Walmart.
These companies are accused of negligence, liability, and breach of warranty. Plaintiffs allege their pressure cookers did not work as one would reasonably expect and that the product was unsafe, unreasonable, defective, or dangerous. Users also believe they should have been warned of the risks associated with pressure cookers by the companies named in the lawsuits.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits are seeking:
- Compensation for current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
In addition to Tristar, pressure cooker manufacturers Maxi-Matic and Lifetime are facing similar allegations.
If you or a loved one was injured while using a pressure cooker, you could be eligible for compensation. Every case is different and needs to be reviewed by a legal professional.