Cuisinart Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
August 2018 — A woman who was severely burned by an explosion of food out of her pressure cooker has filed a lawsuit against Cuisinart Inc.
The lawsuit was filed by Shelly Wicklund, a woman from South Dakota who suffered severe burn injuries as a result of a defective lid-locking mechanism on her Cuisinart GPG-600 pressure cooker.
Wicklund says she purchased the Cuisinart pressure cooker in December 2015 and used it multiple times with no incident. She believed the product was safe because it came with advertising claims that it had a double lid-locking mechanism that would prevent the lid from being opened while the pressure cooker still contained pressure.
Instead, in March 2016, she opened the lid after the pressure cooker signaled that it was done making a pot of chili. The food exploded and sprayed boiling-hot food all over her body, resulting in severe burns to her arms, neck, chest, and face.
“The defect allows the lid locking safety feature of the pressure cooker to be easily overcome, allowing the lid to be rotated and removed when there is still pressure inside the unit.”
She accuses Cuisinart of knowingly selling a defective pressure cooker that can remain fully pressurized when the lid is not attached. This flaw can potentially result in devastating explosions of food.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut — In RE: Shelly Wicklund v. Cuisinart Inc. — Case No. 3:18-cv-01284.
3 Burn Victims File Class Action Lawsuit for Pressure Cooker Injuries
Three burn victims have filed a class action lawsuit against Tristar Products Inc., claiming they suffered severe injuries when the safety features on their Power Pressure Cooker XL failed.
The Pressure Cooker Lawsuit (PDF) was filed by 2 men and 1 woman who sustained burn injuries as a result of using the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL.
The pressure cooker is made by Tristar Products Inc., the “As Seen on TV Company,” and is sold on TV and in stores.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is advertised as having safety features to prevent the lid from being rotated and opened when the pressure cooker is still dangerously pressurized.
However, the plaintiffs were all able to open the lid, causing “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the Pressure Cooker” and onto them.
The owner’s manual states that the lid will stay locked onto the Power Pressure Cooker XL, which “[p]revents pressure build-up if lid is not closed properly and prevents lid from opening until all pressure is released.”
Furthermore, a YouTube advertisement features chef Eric Theiss, who promises prospective customers that “when your Pressure Cooker is up to pressure, the lid locks on. I couldn’t get this lid open if I wanted to.”
He may have been unable to remove the pressure cooker’s lid, but a growing number of unhappy people could — and they suffered catastrophic burn injuries as a result.
Plaintiff Chapman used his Power Pressure Cooker XL to make corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes for dinner in March 2016. When the timer went off, he turned the pressure release valve to release the built-up pressure and steam. He let the pressure escape until the valve dropped below the level indicating that the cooker contained no further pressure. He opened the lid, but it was still dangerously pressurized, which caused the scalding hot contents to erupt out, spraying al over his body and his kitchen. He suffered 2nd-degree and 3rd-degree burns to his face, neck, chest, and arms, and his wife also suffered buns on her arms.
Plaintiff Vennel used her Power Pressure Cooker XL to make soup for dinner in February 2017. She selected the “soup” option and set the timer for 25 minutes. When the timer went off, she turned the pressure valve to allow the build-up pressure and steam to escape for 15 minutes. When she opened the lid, the pressure cooker was still pressurized, which caused scalding-hot soup to erupt out. She suffered 2nd-degree and 3rd-degree burns to her body and 1st-degree burns to her left hand and lip. She required medical treatment.
Plaintiff Jackson used his Power Pressure Cooker XL in March 2016. He selected the “soup” option and set it to cook for 30 minutes. He turned the pressure release valve, let the pressure escape for 30 minutes, until the valve dropped. When he opened the lid, scalding-hot soup erupted out and caused significant burns to his face and body.
The lawsuit accuses Tristar Products Inc. of selling a defective product that poses a serious and immediate safety risk to consumers and the public.
The lawsuit was filed on May 10, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Eastern Division) — In Re: Kenneth Christian, et al. v. Tristar Products Inc. — Case No. 1:16-cv-01114.
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