Maxi-Matic Pressure CookerLawsuits have been filed by people who were severely burned by a Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker that exploded.

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UPDATE: Kohl’s Pays Settlement in Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

In November 2018, Kohl’s agreed to pay a confidential settlement to Bridget I., a woman who was severely burned when a Maxi-Matic pressure cooker exploded. Click here to read more.

Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro® Pressure Cooker
Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro® Pressure Cooker

In September 2015, Bridget I. and her husband Gene filed a lawsuit against Kohl’s after she was burned by a Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker that exploded while she was cooking chicken broth.

The explosion of boiling-hot liquid and sticky food caused Bridget to suffer 2nd-degree and 3rd-degree burns:

“[Bridget] walked two steps away from the pressure cooker before it exploded, covering (her) with hot water and steam and leaving her with second- and third-degree burns.”

Her lawyers claim that the Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker is defective and unreasonably dangerous.

The lawsuit was filed in the California Superior Court of Los Angeles — In RE: Bridget Iovino et al. v. Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. et al.Case No. BC596416.

What is the Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker?

Maxi-Matic (also called “Maximatic”) is a company that sells a variety of electric pressure cookers under brand-names, such as:

  • Elite® Pressure Cooker
  • Elite Bistro® Pressure Cooker
  • Elite Platinum® Pressure Cooker
  • Elite Cuisine® Pressure Cooker
  • Elite by Maxi-Matic® Pressure Cookers

Where Are They Sold?

Maxi-Matic pressure cookers are sold nationwide at major retail stores, such as Kohl’s and Macy’s, as well as online retailers such as and

Maxi-Matic has also sold pressure cookers on HSN (Home Shopping Network) TV channel.

Reports of Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker Explosions

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received many complaints from people who were burned or suffered property damage when a Maxi-Matic pressure cooker exploded.

Here are just a few examples:

In a report from June 2014, a 61 year-old woman was burned when a Maxi-Matic pressure cooker exploded in her face. She wrote, “I had to go to the emergency room with 2nd degree burns on my scalp, face, shoulder and back.”

In a report from October 2016, a Maxi-Matic pressure cooker purchased from HSN exploded and caused property damage.

In a report from March 2018, a Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum Electric Pressure Cooker “spewed boiling liquid and food” so forcefully that the woman found food13 feet away in an adjacent room.