August 3, 2022 — A lawsuit has been filed against Sunbeam Products by a woman who claims that she was burned by her Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker.
The plaintiff, Barri B., is a woman from New Haven, Connecticut, who says she suffered “serious and substantial burn injuries” when she opened the lid on her pressure cooker.
The incident occurred in August 2019 and involved a Sunbeam Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker (Model Number SCCPPC600-V1).
As soon as she opened the lid, the pressure remaining inside the unit allowed “its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the Pressure Cooker and onto Plaintiff,” according to her complaint.
Furthermore, she claims that the “safety sensors” failed to work as advertised — specifically an airtight locking lid that “remains locked while pressure is inside the unit,” according to the Owner’s Manual.
About 1 year after she was burned, the exact same type of pressure cooker was recalled by Sunbeam Products.
The recall involved about 900,000 Sunbeam Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cookers (Model Number SCCPPC600-V1), which was the same model that burned the plaintiff.
The recalled Crock-Pot Pressure Cookers were linked to “119 reports of lid detachment, resulting in 99 burn injuries ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns,” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Crock-Pot Lawsuit was filed against Sunbeam Products on July 27, 2022 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida — Case Number 9:22-cv-81103.