January 18, 2022 — A woman from California who was burned by a Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The lawsuit was filed by Nicole A., a woman from Santa Maria, California, who suffered “serious and substantial injuries” from her Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker in January 2020.
According to the lawsuit, she was burned as a result of being able to easily open the pressure cooker’s lid when there was still a dangerous amount of pressure remaining inside the pressure cooker.
Opening the lid before it was safe to do so cause “its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected” and onto her body.
The manufacturer, Sunbeam Products Inc., is accused of selling a pressure cooker with defective safety features that fail to lock the lid as advertised.
Sunbeam Products recalled nearly 1 million Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers in November 2020 because it can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked. The recall warns:
“This can cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks to consumers from hot food and liquids ejected from the product.”
At the time of the recall, there were 119 reports of lid detachment, resulting in 99 burn injuries ranging in severity from 1st-degree to 3rd-degree burns, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The lawsuit was filed on January 7, 2022 against Sunbeam Products Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach) — Case Number 9:22-cv-80045.