September 7, 2023 — A lawsuit has been filed by a woman who was burned when she opened the lid on her Bella Electric Pressure Cooker.
The victims, Christy F., is a woman from Arizona who accuses Sensio Inc. of selling a defective Bella 8-Qt. Electric Pressure Cooker (Model M-80B30AG).
She specifically alleges that the so-called “safety features” failed to lock the lid as advertised.
She claims that she was burned when hot food blew out of the pressure cooker when she opened the lid, due to the residual pressure that remained inside the unit.
In her lawsuit, she accuses Sensio of misleading consumers with advertising statements, such as: “When cooking under pressure, the lid is locked and cannot be opened once pressure is reached.”
Less than four weeks after her lawsuit was filed, Sensio voluntarily recalled about 860,000 pressure cookers due to a risk of severe burn injuries.
According to the recall notice, at least 61 people were burned when hot food or liquid splashed out when they opened the lid. The recall included certain Bella, Bella Pro Series, Cooks, and Crux Electric and Stovetop Pressure Cookers.
In the recall notice, Sensio admitted that the “lid can unlock and be removed during use, causing the hot contents to unexpectedly splash out, posing a burn hazard to consumers.”
The lawsuit was filed on July 13, 2023 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York — Case 1:23-cv-06016.