January 5, 2022 — Sunbeam Products and Newell Brands have been sued by a woman who was burned by a recalled Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker.
The plaintiff, Lathea S., is a woman from Illinois who claims that she suffered burn injuries when the lid exploded off of her Crock-Pot 6 qt. Express Crock Multi-Cooker (Model Number SCCPPC600-V1).
Her injuries allegedly occurred on February 15, 2021. Three months earlier, the same model of pressure cooker was recalled after 99 people were burned when the lid detached during use, resulting in an explosion of hot food or steam.
Her lawsuit claims that she was using the Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker normally, when “suddenly and without warning the top exploded off of it causing the contents, including scalding hot liquid, and steam to fly out and onto Plaintiff.”
She accuses the manufacturers — Newell Brands and Sunbeam Products — of selling pressure cookers with dangerous design flaws.
Furthermore, the lawsuit lists off several design flaws that allow the lid to blow off when the unit is pressurized. The flaws include a misaligned locking arrow indicator, a faulty gasket that allows the lid to open when the unit is pressurized, a locking pin that fails to prevent the lid from opening while the unit is pressurized, and more.
The lawsuit was filed on December 21, 2021 against Sunbeam Products and Newell Brands in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Eastern Division) — Case #1:21-cv-06792.