Sunbeam Products Inc. was hit with a class action lawsuit by people who say the Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cookers are dangerously defective because they can explode hot food and cause burn injuries.
The lawsuit was filed by Kimberly R., a woman who was severely burned when her pressure cooker exploded in January 2018.
She says she released pressure from the steam valve and pressed the “stop” button when the valve was no longer releasing steam. Unfortunately, when she twisted open the lid, the pot exploded hot food all over her hand, wrist, and stomach, according to the lawsuit.
The defect occurs when pressure in the pot causes the hot food to “burst and erupt” when the lid is opened.
Lawyers claim that Sunbeam Products has received several additional complaints involving consumers who were burned by the pressure cooker, but failed to recall the “dangerously defective” product.
The Class Action Lawsuit (PDF) is In RE: Kimberly R., et al. v. Sunbeam Products Inc. — Case No. 9:20-cv-80021 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.