December 17, 2021 — A lawsuit has been filed by a woman who was burned by an explosion of hot food and liquid when she opened the lid on her Instant Pot pressure cooker.
The plaintiff, Amber D., is a woman from Pennsylvania who was burned by her Instant Pot on December 26, 2019.
She blames the incident on the failure of the safety features on the Instant Pot — specifically a lid that was advertised to lock and prevent a user from opening it until all of the pressure was safely released.
According to the lawsuit, her injuries occurred as a “result of the pressure cooker’s lid being able to be rotated and opened while the pressure cooker was still under pressure.”
Opening the lid when there was still pressure inside the pot caused the “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker and onto [her body],” resulting in serious burn injuries.
She accuses Instant Brands Inc., the manufacturer of the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, of selling an “unreasonably dangerous” product that was “defectively and negligently designed.”
Instant Brand was also accused of misleading consumers with claims about ‘safety,’ which she claims were “not just misleading, they are flatly wrong, and put innocent consumers like Plaintiff directly in harm’s way.”
The Instant Pot Lawsuit was filed against Instant Brands Inc. on December 10, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — Case Number 2:21-cv-05417.