In December 2020, a pressure cooker lawsuit was filed against Breville USA, Inc. by Todd J., a man from Georgia who was severely injured by a recalled Breville Fast-Slow Pressure Cooker.
He was burned on January 5, 2018 when he opened the lid on a recalled Breville Fast-Slow Pressure Cooker (Model Number BRP600XL-120).
According to the lawsuit, he was able to easily twist open the lid when the pressure cooker was still under pressure, due to failure of the so-called “safety mechanisms,” which failed to lock the lid as advertised.
Opening the lid caused its “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected” out of the unit and onto his body, resulting in burn injuries.
Unfortunately, the lid of the pressure cooker was removable when there was still built-up pressure, heat, and steam inside the pot. When the lid was removed, the scalding-hot contents exploded onto him.
Breville began recalling Fast-Slow Pressure Cookers after receiving at least 5 reports of burn injuries related to a defect in which steam or hot food escaped from the pressure cooker.
In December 2015, Breville recalled over 35,600 Fast-Slow Pressure Cookers due to reports of burn injuries when the lid was opened.
The lawsuit was filed on December 30, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (Columbus Division) — Case Number 4:20-cv-00313-CDL.