Sunbeam Products has been hit with multiple lawsuits and a class action after the Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker exploded and caused severe burn injuries.
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What is the Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker?
Sunbeam Products Inc., part of the Newell Brands conglomerate, manufactures the Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker. It is an electric pressure cooker that plugs into the wall and cooks food with a heating element built into the pot, unlike traditional stovetop pressure cookers.
Safety Features of Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker
The Crock-Pot® Pressure Cooker is advertised as having “safety features,” such as a locking lid that is not supposed to open until all of the pressure in the pot is released. This is supposed to prevent dangerous explosions of food, liquid, and steam that frightened many consumers away from buying non-electric stovetop pressure cookers.
What is the Problem?
Consumers have been severely burned when the “safety features” in their Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker failed to prevent food explosions.
List of Defects With Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker
These lawsuits claim there are 2 major design defects with the Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker:
- Pressure-relief valve is defective because it inaccurately indicates that all of the pressure is released and it is safe to open the lid.
- Lid gasket is defective because a person can twist open the lid when the pot is still pressurized.
Multiple lawsuits accuse Sunbeam Products of selling a defective pressure cooker, failing to issue a recall or fix the problem, and ignoring at least 7 complaints of explosions from injured consumers.
Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker Class Action Lawsuit
In January 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed against Sunbeam Products by Kimberly R., a woman who was burned by an exploding Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker in January 2018. She suffered 1st-and 2nd-degree burns on her hands, wrist, and stomach, as well as scarring, when she was able to open the lid before it was safe.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed on January 7, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida — In RE: Kimberly R. v. Sunbeam Products Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions.
Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit
Another lawsuit was filed in January 2020 by a woman from Florida who was severely burned by a Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker. Like many other people who were injured, she easily twisted open the lid when the pot was pressurized, resulting in an explosion of food and steam.
The lawsuit was filed on January 31, 2020 in the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, Florida — In RE: Botello v. Sunbeam Products, Inc. and Newell Brands, Inc. —Filing # 102592884.