A woman from California who was burned by an exploding Instant Pot pressure cooker has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Gail B., a woman from Lomita, California, against the Canadian manufacturer of the Instant Pot® pressure cooker, Instant Brands Inc.
She bought her new Instant Pot from Amazon.com in July 2017. Less than a year later, she suffered severe burn injuries when it exploded hot food as soon as she opened the lid.
The incident occurred on February 19, 2018, as a direct result of her being able to easily twist open the lid on the Instant Pot when it still contained a dangerous amount of pressure.
According to the lawsuit, she suffered “serious and substantial burn injuries” when she opened the lid, which caused its “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker.”
Instant Brands Inc. is accused of selling a defective product that was falsely advertised as having safety featured to prevent explosions.
The Instant Pot is specifically advertised as having a locking lid that a person is not supposed to be able to to open until all of the pressure is safely vented from the pot.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California — In RE: Gail B. v. Instant Brands Inc..