February 12, 2021 — A lawsuit has been filed by a woman who was burned when she opened the lid on her Presto Pressure Cooker.
The lawsuit was filed by Toni G., 35, a woman from Georgia who bought a brand-new Presto 6-Quart Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker in January 2019.
Just three weeks after buying the pressure cooker, she suffered “serious and substantial burn injuries” on February 19, 2019, when she opened the lid while the pot was still pressurized.
According to the lawsuit, Toni blames her injuries on the failure of the so-called “safety features,” which failed to perform as advertised.
Specifically, her lawsuit claims that the Presto Pressure Cooker was advertised to include 8 safety features, including a lid that would remain locked until all of the pressure had been safely released.
The safety features were supposed to include “a cover locking system that allows pressure to build only when the cover is securely closed and prevents the cover from being opened until pressure is safely reduced,” according to the lawsuit.
Instead, Toni claims that she was able to easily open the lid before it was safe to do so, which caused the “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the pressure cooker,” resulting in burn injuries.
The lawsuit accuses National Presto Industries Inc. of selling a defective pressure cooker with “unreasonably dangerous” safety risks.
The Presto Pressure Cooker Lawsuit was filed on January 31, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin — Toni G. vs. National Presto Industries Inc. — Case 3:21-CV-00071-JDP.