Instant Brands Inc. has been sued by a man who claims that the safety features on his Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker failed to prevent him from being seriously burned.
The plaintiff, Feroze E., is a man from Ozone Park in Queens County, New York, who purchased a new Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker from Amazon in April 2018.
In October 0219, he claims that he “suffered serious and substantial burn injuries” when he was able to twist open the lid when the pressure cooker was still under pressure.
He alleges that the pressure remaining in the pot when he opened the lid caused the “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected.”
He accuses the manufacturer of misleading consumers about the safety features of the Instant Pot IP-DUO series of pressure cookers.
For example, in a video titled “Introducing Instant Pot IP-DUO Series Electric Pressure Cooker” spokeswoman Laura Pazzaglia states that this “new model detects the position of the lid” and “once the lid is locked, and the contents are under pressure, there’s no way to open the pressure cooker.”
The lawsuit alleges that the Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker is defective because it failed to “prevent the lid from being removed with normal force while the unit remained pressurized, despite the appearance that all the pressure had been released.”
The manufacturer is also accused of making statements about “safety” that are “not just misleading, they are flatly wrong, and put innocent consumers like Plaintiff directly in harm’s way.”
The Instant Pot Duo Lawsuit was filed against Instant Brands Inc. on September 28, 2022 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York — Case Number 1:22-cv-05800.