UPDATE: Settlement Awarded in Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit
November 2018 — Kohl’s has paid a confidential settlement to a woman who was burned when her pressure cooker exploded.
“[Bridget] Iovino walked two steps away from the pressure cooker before it exploded, covering [her] with hot water and steam.”
California Woman Files Lawsuit After Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker Explosion
In September 2015, a husband and wife from California filed a lawsuit against Maxi-Matic and Kohl’s, the store where they purchased a Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker, seeking compensation for injuries they suffered when the pressure cooker exploded suddenly.
The lawsuit was filed by Gene and Bridget Iovino of Canyon Caounty, California. The couple claims that their Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker exploded without warning as the wife was cooking chicken broth. She suffered 2nd-degree and 3rd-degree burns.
Bridget put the ingredients and 10 cups of water into the pressure cooker. She set the timer for 1 hour. After the pressure cooker turned off automatically, she waited 45 minutes, added more ingredients, and set the timer again for 25 more minutes. According to the lawsuit:
“[Bridget] Iovino walked two steps away from the pressure cooker before it exploded, covering (her) with hot water and steam and leaving her with second- and third-degree burns.”
Maxi-Matic is the manufacturer of the Elite Bistro® line of pressure cookers, including the Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker that caused her injuries.
Lawyers allege that certain Maxi-Matic pressure cookers have dangerous design defects that can cause explosions. Manufacturers have a legal responsibility to sell safe products. If they fail to warn consumers about potential risks — or continue selling dangerous products after people are injured — they may be violating the law.
The lawsuit was filed in the California Superior Court of Los Angeles — In RE: Bridget Iovino et al. v. Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. et al. — Case No. BC596416.