May 12, 2021 — Instant Brands Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit from a woman who was burned by an Instant Pot Nova 60 Pressure Cooker.
The lawsuit was filed by a 57-year-old woman from Utah named Lucy P., who claims she purchased a new Instant Pot Nova 60 on November 11, 2018.
Less than 6 months later, on April 25, 2019, she claims the Instant Pot exploded hot food, liquid and steam when she was able to easily twist open the lid while it still contained a dangerous amount of pressure.
According to the lawsuit, opening the lid caused its “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker” and onto her body, resulting in “serious and substantial burn injuries.”
She accuses Instant Brands Inc. of selling pressure cookers with defective “safety mechanisms” that do not actually keep consumers safe. Specifically, she claims that the Instant Pot fails to lock the lid until all of the pressure is released, or prevent the unit from building up pressure when the lid is not properly closed.
The Instant Pot Lawsuit was filed against Instant Brands Inc. on April 16, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah — Case 2:21-cv-00229-JNP.