October 29, 2021 — An Instant Pot pressure cooker lawsuit has been filed against Instant Brands by a mother in Tennessee.
The lawsuit was filed by Ashleigh R., the mother of D.V., a boy from Clarksville, Tennessee who was severely burned by an Instant Pot pressure cooker (Model Duo Black SS 60).
The pressure cooker was purchased new from Walmart in October 2019. Almost exactly one year later, on October 22, 2020, the boy suffered “serious and substantial burn injuries.”
The incident occurred as a direct result of the lid being able to be easily opened when there was still pressure inside the pot, according to the lawsuit. Opening the lid allowed “its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker” and onto the child.
The lawsuit blames the incident on the “failure of the pressure cooker’s supposed ‘safety mechanisms,'” such as the locking lid.
The Instant Pot Lawsuit was filed on October 20, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville Division) — Case Number 3:21-cv-00804.