June 15, 2021 — Target and Instant Brands Inc. were hit with a lawsuit after a 2-year-old girl was severely burned by an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker that exploded.
The lawsuit was filed by Brittany G., the mother of a little girl identified only as “N.G.” in the complaint.
Brittany said she purchased a new Instant Pot “Smart Wifi” Pressure Cooker in August 2020 from a Target in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
On September 18, 2020, Brittany was using the Instant Pot to make soup for her family. After adding her desired ingredients, she properly closed the lid and set the timer for 60 minutes.
Once the cooking process was complete, she saw an error message on the screen stating “BURN,” so she released the pressure valve and began to take off the lid.
That was when “the lid shot open with great force, spewing the scalding hot contents of the cooker into Plaintiffs’ kitchen” and onto her 2-year-old daughter, who was sitting in a chair nearby, according to the lawsuit.
The girl was hospitalized with 3rd-degree burns to her face, neck, chest, left shoulder, left arm, which required painful skin debridement and skin graft surgery.
Tragically, she has suffered “severe and permanent” injuries, including scarring all over her left side, as well as a shoulder condition called “frozen shoulder” and other injuries.
The lawsuit was filed on June 8, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania — Case Number 2:21-cv-00754-CCW.