A woman who was burned when her stovetop Philippe Richard pressure cooker exploded has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, Tabletops Unlimited Inc.
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Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
In September 2019, a woman from Ohio named Soumia S. filed a Lawsuit (PDF) after she was severely burned by an exploding Philippe Richard pressure cooker.
The accident occurred in September 2017 when Soumia was using the pressure cooker to make dinner. The lid suddenly “blew off the pot in an explosive manner” and sprayed her in hot food and liquid.
She suffered disfiguring burn injuries to her back, buttocks, arms and legs, covering up to 25% of her skin. She was taken by ambulance to the burn unit at a hospital in Ohio, where she remained for 2 days.
She claims she was severely burned as a result of the “lid suddenly and unexpectedly exploding off the pressure cooker’s pot during the normal, directed use of the pressure cooker, allowing its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles (Central District) on September 18, 2019 — Case Number 19STCV33402
What is the Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker?
The Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker is manufactured by Tabletops Unlimited Inc. (doing business as TTU), a California-based company.
Unlike electric pressure cookers such as the Instant Pot, the Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker is a stovetop pressure cooker (also called a “manual pressure cooker”) that must be placed on a hot stove to cook food.
Where is it Sold?
Philippe Richard pressure cookers are sold at major retail stores, such as Kohl’s, Walmart, JC Penny, and other stores, as well as online retailers such as Amazon.com.
Types of Pressure Cooker Injuries
- Burns (1st, 2nd, or 3rd-degree burns)
- Steam scalds
- Permanent scarring & disfigurement
- Skin graft surgery
- Vision loss or blindness
- Lacerations from the lid, metal shrapnel, plastic parts, etc.