December 2017 — A dozen people who were burned by a Tristar Power Pressure Cooker have filed the first-ever multi-plaintiff pressure cooker injury lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed against Tristar Products, Inc., the “As Seen on TV” company, for allegedly selling defective pressure cookers.
The plaintiffs say the lid of the Power Pressure Cooker can be opened when it still contains a dangerous amount of pressurized steam, resulting in an explosion of scalding-hot steam, food, and liquid.
The problem is that Tristar advertises the Power Pressure Cooker as having safety features, including a “lid safety lock,” that is supposed to prevent the lid from being opened until the pressure is safely released.
The “lid safety lock” is also supposed to prevent the Power Pressure Cooker from building up pressure if the lid is not closed properly. According to the lawsuit:
“When the lid is removed, the pressure trapped within the unit causes the hot liquid contents to be projected from the unit and into the surrounding area, including onto the unsuspecting consumer and their families.”
One of the victims is Brenicka L., a woman from Texas who was hospitalized with burn injuries that were caused by a Tristar Pressure Cooker (Model #PPC-770) she received as a gift from her husband.
Many other victims have similar stories of burn injuries. Alma C., a woman from California, filed a lawsuit after she was burned in April 2017 when she opened the lid and the pressure cooker exploded.
Clifford C., a man from Pennsylvania, accuses Tristar of knowingly selling a defective product and failing to fix safety problems.
Albert M., a man from California, was injured in June 2017 by his Power Pressure Cooker. He claims the “Built-In Safety Features” failed to prevent his severe burn injuries when he opened the lid.
Perry M., a man from South Carolina, suffered burn injuries on July 2017 from a Power Pressure Cooker he got as a housewarming gift.
Jeffrey S., a man from California, was burned by a Power Pressure Cooker in July 2016. He says the pressure cooker’s scalding-hot food was forcefully ejected when he opened the lid before it was safe.
Holly S., a woman from Texas, suffered substantial burn injuries when her Power Pressure Cooker exploded boiling food in January 2017.
At least 20 lawsuits have been filed nationwide against Tristar Inc. by people who were injured by the Power Pressure Cooker XL and other models of the Power Cooker. All of the victims claim that Tristar knew the pressure cooker was defective and continued to sell it anyway.
Six plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on September 19, 2017 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) Civil Trial Division — Case ID: 170902183.
Another 6 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on November 7, 2017 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) Civil Trial Division — Case ID: 171100491.
One individual lawsuit was filed by Brenicka L. on November 7, 2017 in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) Civil Trial Division — Case ID: 171100481.
The plaintiffs are represented by Johnson Becker PLLC attorneys Michael K. Johnson Esq., Kenneth W., Pearson Esq., and Adam J. Kress, Esq. in St. Paul, Minnesota.