Pressure Cooker

A growing number of lawsuits have been filed across the country by people who were severely burned when their defective pressure cookers exploded.

Our law firm is currently filing cases Nationwide and would like to help you and your family if you have been the victim of an pressure cooker explosion.

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Do I have a Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit? If you or a loved one was injured or burned by a pressure cooker that exploded — even if the pressure cooker has not been recalled yet — you should contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.

UPDATE: Crock Pot Express Pressure Cooker Class Action Lawsuit

Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker

In January 2020, a woman who was severely burned by an exploding Crock Pot Express Pressure Cooker filed a class action lawsuit against Sunbeam Products and Newell Brands.

The lawsuit was filed by Kimberly R., a woman who was burned by the pressure cooker in January 2018.

She says the pressure-release valve falsely indicated that it was safe to open the lid. Furthermore, she was able to easily open the lid while the pot was still dangerously pressurized, despite “safety features” in the lid. The lawsuit cites 7 online complaints from other consumers who were burned in similar horrific incidents.

The class action lawsuit (PDF) was filed on January 7, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida — In RE: Kimberly R. v. Sunbeam Products Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions.

Woman Blinded After Pressure Cooker Explodes in Face

September 2019 — A woman in India was blinded in her left eye after a pressure cooker exploded and its metal whistle hit her in the face. The full extent of her injuries was not known until a CT scan showed the bullet-sized whistle lodged in her skull after it shot out of the exploding pressure cooker. Click here to read more.

Instant Pot Lawsuit Filed for Girl Burned by Explosion

A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a 9 year-old girl who suffered 3rd-degree burns on her face and body after an Instant Pot exploded hot soup and steam. Click here to read more.

Pressure Cooker Explosion Severely Burns 9 Year-old Boy and Grandmother

January 2019 — A pressure cooker explosion caused severe burn injuries to a 9 year-old boy and his grandmother from Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

Source: 9-year-old severely burned after pressure cooker accident

$27 Million Settlement Awarded to Toddler Severely Burned by Pressure Cooker Explosion

$27 Million Awarded to Toddler Burned by Pressure Cooker ExplosionDecember 2018 — Lawyers for a 2-year-old girl who was severely burned by an exploding pressure cooker have achieved a $27 million settlement on her behalf.

Pressure Cooker Recalls

In recent years, recalls have been issued for the following pressure cookers:

  • ALDI Pressure Cookers
  • Alcan Pressure Cookers
  • Breville Fast Slow Cookers
  • Crofton Chef’s Collection Stainless Steel Pressure Cookers
  • Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers
  • Manttra Pressure Cookers
  • HSN Bella Cucina Zip Cookers
  • HSN Ultrex Pressure Cookers
  • Instant Pot
  • Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • Prestige Smartplus Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
  • Maxi-Matic Pressure Cookers
  • Nutrex Pressure Cookers
  • Tower Pressure Cookers
  • Tristar Products — Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • Fagor America Cookers
  • Tabletops Unlimited Cookers
  • Maxi-Matic Cookers
  • Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Cookers
  • Double Insight Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • 3-Squares Tim3 Machin3 Cookers

Nutrex Pressure Cookers Recalled for Burn Risk

In August 2018, Rena Ware International Inc. recalled about 700 Nutrex Pressure Cookers due to a risk of serious burn injuries.

Rena Ware received 5 reports of consumers who suffered burn injuries, as well as 13 reports of unintended depressurization of the Nutrex Pressure Cookers.

“The recalled pressure cookers can discharge steam at lower pressures than intended, posing a burn hazard to consumers.”

Source: Rena Ware Recalls Nutrex Pressure Cookers Due to Burn Hazard (Recall Alert)

Texas Woman Burned by Instant Pot Explosion

In March 2018, ABC News reported that a mom from Katy, Texas was severely burned when her Instant Pot exploded in her kitchen. Click here to read more.

Pressure Cooker Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

Anyone who bought a Power Pressure Cooker between March 1, 2013 and January 19, 2018 may be eligible for compensation as part of a class action lawsuit settlement with Tristar Products Inc. Click here to read more.

Walmart Instant Pot Recall

In March 2018, over 104,000 Instant Pots sold exclusively by Walmart were recalled after reports of the multi-cookers overheating. The problem poses a risk of property damage, burn injuries, and a fire hazard.

Settlement Reached in Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

Power Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL

Tristar Products has paid a settlement to Ninfa and Jose Vasquez in a pressure cooker explosion lawsuit (PDF) that was filed in Brownsville, Texas. The victims were severely burned after a Tristar Power Cooker XL pressure cooker exploded when they used it for the first time to make pinto beans for the family’s dinner.

Exploding ALDI Pressure Cooker Burns 6 People

Six people suffered 2nd-degree or 3rd-degree burns when their ALDI Crofton Chef’s Collection 6L Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker exploded boiling-hot food and steam. Click here to read more.

Pressure Cooker Injury Lawsuit Filed by 12 Burn Victims

A dozen people who were burned by a Tristar Power Pressure Cooker have filed the first-ever multi-plaintiff pressure cooker injury lawsuit. Click here to read more.

What is a Pressure Cooker?

Pressure cookers are useful kitchen appliances that use steam to cook food faster and more efficiently. Pressure cookers can be electric or stove-top, but both types work by trapping hot steam inside a pot with a locked-on lid.

As the heat causes liquids to boil, steam accumulates inside the pot and the pressure increases. This increases the temperature inside the pot to at least 250ºF, which is about 40º hotter than the boiling-point of water (212ºF).

Popular Brands of Pressure Cookers

  • ALDI Chef’s Collection Pressure Cooker
  • Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”
  • Breville Fast Slow Cooker
  • Cook’s Essentials
  • Crock Pot Express
  • Crofton
  • Cuisinart
  • Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Instant Pot (also called the “Insta Pot”)
  • Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker
  • Manttra Pressure Cooker
  • Nuwave
  • Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • Prestige
  • QVC Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Sunbeam Products
  • Tabletops Unlimited (Philippe Richard)
  • Tristar
  • Ultrex
  • Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker

Dangers of Pressure Cookers

You may be surprised to learn that the pressure inside a pressure cooker is not generally any higher than a can of soda — but just like shaking up a can of soda and popping the top, you will get a big mess if the liquids explode out of the container before the pressure is at a safe level. The difference is that pressure cooker explosions are far more dangerous because they involve boiling-hot liquids, sticky foods, and steam.

Why Do Pressure Cookers Explode?

There are generally two reasons why pressure cookers explode:

  • Vent is clogged and the pressure forces the lid to open too soon, or it fails to release enough pressure at the end of cooking
  • Lid opens before the pressure is reduced because the lock was defective, or a person unlocked it too soon

What Happens When a Pressure Cooker Explodes?

Here is a picture of what can happen when a pressure cooker explodes. You can see the metal lid embedded in the ceiling and hot food splattered all over the kitchen. The force of the explosion shattered the cooktop and caused the pressure cooker to fall into the stove.

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Steam Explosion & Scald Burns

Pressure cooker explosions are actually “steam explosions,” in which boiling-hot steam under pressure is suddenly released. This creates a rapidly-expanding cloud of steam that can cause extensive scalding burn injuries to anyone nearby. Scalds are not very deep burns, but they are extremely painful and can cover large areas of skin.

Boiling Hot Food – Major Burn Hazard

The force of the exploding pressure cooker will also eject burning-hot food that sticks to a person’s skin and clothing, often resulting in severe 2nd- or 3rd-degree burns that cause scarring or require skin graft surgery. Pieces of metal shrapnel flying through the air can also cause severe cuts, bleeding, or even blindness if they hit a person’s eyes.

Pressure Cooker Injuries & Accidents

  • Burns
  • Skin graft surgery
  • Steam burns
  • Scalds
  • Permanent scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Eye injuries or blindness
  • Traumatic brain injuries (concussion)
  • Infection
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement
  • Hospitalization
  • Property damage
  • Death

Tristar Pressure Cooker Explodes; Severely Burns Woman

A woman from Georgia has filed a lawsuit against Tristar Inc., the manufacturer of her Power Pressure Cooker XL, after she suffered severe burn injuries when the pressure cookers malfunctioned.

The woman, Samantha W., claims that her Tristar Pressure Cooker “exploded and caused hot steam and other contents to be discharged and severely burn her body,” according to the lawsuit.

Samantha received the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL as a Christmas gift. Two months later, in February 2017, she says she was preparing beef stew. When the meal should’ve been done, she says she heard a “strange humming and buzzing noise” from her pressure cooker.

Then, suddenly and without warning, she says the Power Cooker XL exploded and the top of the pressure cooker came off. She was severely burned by scalding-hot beef stew that exploded all over her body and her kitchen.

Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit

Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker ExplosionIn September 2015, a lawsuit was filed by Gene and Bridget Iovino of Canyon Country, California.

On March 6, Bridget was severely burned when her Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker exploded while she was cooking chicken stock.

According to the lawsuit:

“[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 the California Superior Court of Los Angeles — In RE: Bridget Iovino et al. v. Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. et al.Case No. BC596416.

Toddler’s Leg Amputated After Burned by Pressure Cooker

A 2 year-old girl from Florida had to have her left leg amputated after suffering severe burns over 60% of her body when a pressure cooker exploded and overflowed at her grandmother’s house.

The girl, Samantha Gonzalez, was hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for the treatment of 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns. Her grandmother was bathing the child in the sink on September 14, 2015 when the pressure cooker exploded steam and boiling-hot liquid.

Despite the doctors’ best efforts, she may need additional surgeries, including having some of her fingers or arms amputated. The family also said her kidneys and liver are failing as a result of her injuries.

Source: Toddler’s left leg amputated after burned by pressure cooker

Power Pressure Cooker XL Lawsuits

Tristar Products Inc., the “As Seen on TV” product company, is facing several lawsuits from people who were injured when their Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded after it was unplugged. One lawsuit (PDF) was filed in June 2015 by a woman from Florida who was burned when her pressure cooker exploded — Case No. 1:15-cv-22364.

Another lawsuit (PDF) was filed in June 2015 by a woman from Texas who bought the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL after seeing a commercial on TV. The first time she used it, approximately 2 hours after unplugging the cooker, the lid blew off and hot pinto beans exploded out of the pot and landed on her body. She was hospitalized for 20 days and continues to suffer pain and permanent scarring — Case No. 1:15-cv-00108.

Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Class Action

A class action lawsuit was filed by a woman in Texas who was severely burned by a Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker. The lawsuit was filed in August 2017 by Tabitha M., a woman who suffered 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns when her “Automatic Rapid Pressure Cooker” exploded boiling-hot gumbo all over her body at the end of its cooking cycle.

Pressure Cooker Explosion Burns Man’s Face

Clark Bailey, 28, suffered 3rd-degree burns when he opened a pressure cooker too soon and it exploded hot foot into his face. When he forced open the lid, it hit him in the forehead. He was severely burned by boiling-hot water that landed on his face, arms and hands.

Bailey told The Daily Mail he was lucky his injuries were not permanent “Luckily I had my glasses on – otherwise I could have lost my sight. … It was my own silly fault. But it could have been a lot worse.”
Pressure Cooker Steam Explosion

Breville Pressure Cooker Explosion in Australia

On September 8, 2016, a mother suffered 2nd-degree burns over 10% of her body when her Breville pressure cooker exploded at her home in Australia.

Pressure Cooker Burn Injury - Carizza

The woman, Carizza Borderos, was cooking beef in her Breville Fast Slow Cooker (Model No. BPR200) when it suddenly exploded boiling-hot water, beef, and fat onto her arm and neck.

She drove herself to the emergency department and was hospitalized for 5 nights at Cairns Base Hospital. Her doctors were worried that her blisters and burned skin would become infected.

She required pain medication for 5 weeks and described the pain as “unbearable” when she had to change the dressings and remove dead skin underneath.

Afterward, Mrs. Borderos learned that her Breville Fast Slow Cooker had been recalled in 2015 due to the risk of an explosion. She says she never received a recall notice, despite registering her address when she bought it in 2013 — Mum left with second degree burns after pressure cooker explosion.

Pressure Cooker Nearly Blinds Woman

A woman from Ireland was nearly blinded when a pressure cooker exploded the first time she used it to make soup.

Rumer Priestly after the incident
Rumer Priestly after the incident

The woman, 25 year-old Rumer Priestly of Greyabbey, said she used a wooden spoon to slide open the vent to release some of the pressure so she could add more ingredients. Instead, the lid blew off the top and exploded boiling-hot soup and steam all over her face and chest.

“It felt like someone had thrown acid in my face. I had no idea how dangerous they can be. If you have never used one before then don’t do so without first learning how they work. I have been lucky, but it was a narrow escape.”

She believes she would have been permanently blinded if she had not been wearing her glasses, and her choice of T-shirt likely saved her from being severely scarred on her chest. Her mother, Pamela, was in the other room when she heard a “big bang” and came rushing in to see what had happened. Pamela saw boiling liquid everywhere. She rushed her daughter to the emergency room at a hospital in Belfast.

Exploding pressure cooker almost blinds Northern Ireland woman

Pressure Cooker Explosion Cuts Off Woman’s Leg

Other victims of pressure cooker explosions were not so lucky. In 2011, a 79 year-old woman in Miami, Florida almost bled to death when her pressure cooker blew up and cut off her leg.

The woman was cooking when the pressure cooker exploded and, sending boiling-hot food and metal shrapnel flying through the air. One piece of the cooker hit her in the leg above her ankle and caused a deep laceration that bled profusely.

She would have almost certainly bled to death were it not for a quick-thinking family member who tied a tourniquet above her wound. The tourniquet likely saved her life, but may have decreased circulation to the leg and caused tissue death that required amputation.

According to Lieutenant Ignatius Carroll, of Miami Fire Rescue, “Right now, we don’t know exactly what happened, but from what we are told, she was cooking, and for some unknown reason, the pressure cooker fell.”

Cafeteria Worker Airlifted to Hospital After Pressure Cooker Explodes

In August 2016, a 48 year-old cafeteria employee was severely burned by an exploding pressure cooker and airlifted to St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston, New Jersey. The woman was burned on her hand and arm when the pressure cooker’s lid dislodged and spewed hot rice throughout the cafeteria at Sri Venkateswara Temple in Bridgewater, New Jersey — Exploding pressure cooker burns cafeteria worker at Bridgewater temple.

Exploding Pressure Cooker Causes Death of Pregnant Woman in Spain

An exploding pressure cooker caused the death of a 36 year-old woman in Spain who was 5 months pregnant. The woman, Begoña Muñiz García, was preparing food for her husband and mother-in-law.

Medical officials said Mrs. García died almost immediately as a result of major head injuries. The force of the explosion also destroyed part of the building and shattered the windows. The broken kitchen windows fell from the 4th floor of their apartment to the street below.

The tragedy occurred on Severo Ochoa St. in the Pumarín neighborhood of the city of Gijón, Spain, where she was a teacher — A pregnant 5-month-old teacher dies when a pressure cooker explodes

Industrial Pressure Cooker Deaths

One of the most horrific deaths occurred in 2012, when a 62 year-old factory worker at named Jose Medina was trapped inside an industrial-sized pressure cooker with 12,000 pounds of tuna as he was cleaning it. Mr. Medina’s coworkers did not notice he was missing until 2 hours later. By the time his body was recovered, the 35 foot-long pressure cooker had reached temperatures of 270ºF. Bumble Bee Foods and 2 managers were charged in his death.

Crofton Chef’s Collection Pressure Cooker Recall

On August 4, 2017, ALDI stores and H&H Asia Ltd. announced a recall for 6L stainless steel stovetop Crofton Chef’s Collection pressure cookers because the lid may unlock during cooking and explode.

Crofton Chef's Collection 6L Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker
Crofton Chef’s Collection 6L Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker

Breville Pressure Cooker Recall

On December 22, 2015, a recall was issued for 35,600 Breville 6-quart capacity “Fast Slow Cookers” after 5 people suffered 2nd- or 3rd-degree burn injuries when the lid opened unexpectedly. The pressure cookers were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Macy’s, Sur la Table, and Williams Sonoma, and online at and from September 2012 to October 2015 for $180.

Breville Fast Slow Pressure Cooker
Breville Fast Slow Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recall

On July 15, 2015, a recall was issued for about 1,000 of the Bluetooth-enabled “Instant Pot Smart” and “Instant Pot Smart-60” electric pressure cookers after 3 reports of consumers who suffered electric shocks. The recalled Instant Pots were sold from November 2014 through May 2015 for about $250.

Instant Pot Smart pressure cooker
Instant Pot Smart Pressure Cooker

Manttra Pressure Cooker Recall

On December 21, 2007, a recall was issued for about 38,250 Manttra Pressure Cookers after 2 reports of people who were burned by hot contents exploding out of the pressure cookers. The recalled pressure cookers were sold from June 2003 through April 2007 for between $70 and $100.

Manttra Pressure Cooker Recall
Manttra Pressure Cooker

HSN Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker” Pressure Cooker Recall

On February 8, 2007, HSN (Home Shopping Network) recalled 8,300 Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker” Low Pressure Cooker because 8 people suffered 1st- 2nd- or 3rd-degree burns. The pressure cookers were sold on HSN television network from February 2003 through March 2004 for about $70.

Bella Cucina Zip Cooker Recall
HSN Bella Cucina Zip Cooker

HSN Ultrex Pressure Cooker Recall

On November 30, 2006, HSN (Home Shopping Network) recalled about 1,450 Ultrex Pressure Cookers (8-quart Model No. 11453) after 2 people suffered 2nd- and 3rd-degree burn injuries when the lid opened during cooking and hot food or steam exploded out of the pot. The recalled Ultrex pressure cookers were sold on HSN from June 2003 to October 2004 for $90.

Ultrex Pressure Cooker Recall
HSN Ultrex Pressure Cooker

QVC Electric Pressure Cooker Recall

On June 14, 2006, QVC announced a recall for about 900 of the “Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers” because there were 43 explosions and 37 burn injuries reported by another retailer. At least 4 people suffered 3rd-degree burns from hot food exploding out of the pressure cooker. The problem is that the lid on the pressure cookers can open prematurely while contents are under pressure, and hot contents can be expelled, posing a burn hazard.

Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cooker Recall
QVC Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers

Prestige Pressure Cooker Recall

On April 27, 2012, Meyer Group Ltd. recalled Prestige Smartplus stainless steel pressure cooker (Model No. 57050) which has been sold since 2004. In the event that the pressure regulator is blocked, the rubber gasket may not release extra pressure as intended. This could cause an explosion of pressurized steam and/or food, resulting in burn or scald injuries.

Prestige Smartplus Pressure Cooker
Prestige Smartplus Pressure Cooker

Do I have a Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured or burned by any pressure cooker that exploded — even if that pressure cooker has not been recalled yet — you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit, and our lawyers can help.