March 27, 2023 — A woman who claims that she was burned by a defective Instant Pot has filed a lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by Delia M., a resident of Bessemer, Alabama, who alleges that she was burned by an Instant Pot IP-LUX80 Pressure Cooker.
On March 21, 2021, she was using her Instant Pot to make food when she was able to easily twist open the lid.
Unfortunately, there was still pressure remaining in the pot, which caused her to suffer “serious and substantial burn injuries” when its “scalding-hot contents” were ejected.
In her lawsuit, she cites misleading advertising claims from the manufacturer, such as: “As a safety feature, until the float valve drops down the lid is locked and cannot be opened.”
Statements such as these indicate that consumers should not be able to open the lid under all of the pressure has been safely released, the lawsuit alleges.
Because she was able to open the lid before it was safe, she alleges that the Instant Pot IP-LUX80 is “dangerously defective” and unsafe for its intended use because the lid can “suddenly and unexpectedly explosively separate from the unit during its normal directed use.”
Her lawsuit was filed against Instant Brands Inc. on March 14, 2023 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Southern Division) — Case Number 2:23-cv-00321-NAD.
Source: Instant Pot disfigures woman after ‘scalding’ food bursts out in Alabama, lawsuit says