September 2, 2021 — A man from South Carolina who was burned by a now-recalled Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers.
The lawsuit was filed by Ralph B. Jr., a man who received a new Crock-Pot Express Crock Pressure Cooker in December 2018.
In November 2019, he was using it to prepare food when it “indicated it had finished cooking the meal and was no longer under pressure, and that it was safe to open or otherwise operate.”
At that time, the pressure cooker suddenly and without warning exploded, causing scalding hot liquid, contents, and steam to fly out of the Pressure Cooker.”
The explosion of hot food resulted in “severely painful and disfiguring burns,” as well as significant medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
The manufacturers, Sunbeam Products and Newell Brands, ultimately recalled nearly 1 million Crock-Pot Express Crock Pressure Cookers in November 2020. By that time, around 99 people had reported burn injuries when the lid unexpectedly detached from the pot, causing an explosion of hot food, liquid, and/or steam.
The lawsuit was filed on August 2, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (Charleston Division) — Case Number 2:21-cv-02404-DCN