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| Chaffin Luhana LLP

A Florida woman who claims she was seriously injured by an exploding pressure cooker recently filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, Florida. The plaintiff claims that while she was using the pot, it exploded suddenly without warning.

The particular pressure cooker at issue is a Crock-Pot pressure cooker, which has been the subject of other personal injury lawsuits, similar to lawsuits against other products like the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker and the Instant Pot.

Crock-Pot Advertises Safety Features That Didn’t Work for the Plaintiff

In her complaint, the plaintiff claims that she was using the Crock-Pot according to instructions when it suddenly and without warning exploded, depositing boiling contents on her and causing severe injuries. She also claims that the pot’s numerous safety features failed to work as advertised and that the Crock-Pot cooker was defective.

The Crock-Pot brand electric slow cooker was introduced back in 1971 and was a rapid success on the market. It reigned supreme in slow cookers until 2010 when a Canadian company introduced the Instant Pot. This new pot combined the benefits of a slow cooker with a pressure cooker function, allowing families to cook meals at home in a shorter amount of time.

The Instant Pot quickly became popular, so to deal with the increased competition, Sunbeam Products introduced the Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker, advertising safety features like the locking, air-tight lid that “stays sealed under pressure for total peace-of-mind,” according to product advertisements.

Yet some consumers, when using the Crock-Pot Express, did not find that these safety features helped them avoid injury. Like the plaintiff in this case, others were injured when opening the lid, even though the product was supposed to prevent opening while pressure yet existed in the pot.

Mother and Daughter Regret Purchasing the Pressure Cooker

Sunbeam is facing another class-action lawsuit recently filed by two plaintiffs who seek to represent all others similarly situated. According to their complaint, one of the women suffered from serious injuries while using the Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker.

The first plaintiff received the cooker as a gift from her daughter, the second plaintiff. The mother followed all the instructions to cook chicken and rice soup. After the cooking process was complete, she released pressure via the steam release valve and watched until the steam stopped and pressed the stop button. She then waited many minutes before attempting to open the lid.

Despite the product’s built-in safety features, the plaintiff alleges that she was able to easily remove the lid while there was yet pressure in the pot. It exploded, sending scalding hot contents on her hand, wrist, and stomach, as well as around the kitchen. She suffered from first- and second-degree burns.

The plaintiff’s daughter claims she never would have purchased the pressure cooker had she been aware of the defects. The plaintiffs refer to several other consumer reviews indicating similar horrific experiences where individuals suffered from serious burns.

The defendants should have warned users of the dangers, the plaintiffs state. The defendants also had a duty to disclose the defects, including a faulty gasket that allows the lid to open despite the presence of a significant amount of built-up pressure.

The plaintiffs bring counts of breach of warranties, negligence, unjust enrichment, manufacturing and design defect, and failure to warn, and ask the court to require the defendants to take corrective action to prevent further injuries.

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