Pressure cookers can be a timesaving appliance, but because they cook foods quickly through the production of high heat and pressure, they can also cause serious burns if defectively designed or manufactured. Several brands are currently under a recall notice issued by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), including the following:
- Pressure Cookers sold on QVC (Model PC501)
- Double Insight
- Tristar Products
Exploding Pressure Cooker
Pressure cookers are inherently dangerous, as the appliance creates high heat and a tremendous buildup of steam pressure. Any faulty or sub-standard manufacturing standards can result in the unit exploding or unexpectedly releasing super-heated steam. Upon exploding, the contents are thrown into the room, often directly onto the body and face of a person nearby.
Manufacturers and retailers who sold defective products that caused injuries must be held accountable for providing consumers with dangerous products. Our legal team at Meyers & Flowers is currently investigating cases of faulty pressure cookers that have caused serious burns, whether one of the listed brands, or other brands such as Tristar that are still sold on the market. Some potentially dangerous units are still sold by various retailers, even after consumer complaints to the CPSC.
Some of the design flaws that have left consumers with serious, disfiguring burns include:
- Faulty seals
- Defective safety pins
- Failure to warn consumers of dangers
- Defective steam venting, leading to explosion
- Faulty gaskets
- Defective safety valves
The burns associated with steam are extremely painful, difficult to treat, and may leave the victim with disfiguring scars. Resulting burns often cover large portions of the upper torso, as well as arms, hands, shoulders, neck, and face. Treatment for these burns involves scraping burned skin off the body (debridement), an extremely painful procedure. Third degree burns damage both layers of skin, and can also affect underlying muscles and tendons. Any person who has been seriously burned as the result of a pressure cooker explosion should retain legal counsel immediately.
Faulty Design or Manufacturing: Pressure Cooker Cases
For a pressure cooker to work correctly, it must be designed and assembled correctly. Pressure cookers are typically equipped with a locking lid that makes it impossible for the appliance to open once it reaches a specific pressure level. Excess pressure is then released through a rocker or gasket. The spring-loaded valve serves to regulate the level of pressure building within the appliance. Any error in the design or manufacturing of this part of the unit poses a great risk for consumers. If the pressure release safety device was not assembled or manufactured correctly, the appliance can continue to build up excessive pressure, causing the pressure cooker to explode – a dangerous hazard for any person nearby.
Contact our Chicago Product Liability Litigation Team for Help
At Meyers & Flowers, our litigation team is prepared to assist consumers who have suffered serious burns due to pressure cooker malfunction. Our trial lawyers have garnered a reputation for excellence in the courtroom, and we offer our assistance for your case. Connect with us at once if you or your family member was injured due to a faulty pressure cooker – we offer a free case evaluation, and can advise you how to proceed with legal action.