Back in 2015, a California couple filed a pressure cooker lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court. They named as defendants Kohl’s Department Stores, where they bought the pressure cooker, and Maxi-Matic USA, the manufacturer. The couple claimed that while using the cooker, it exploded, causing the wife to suffer from serious injuries.
In August 2018, the couple came to a settlement agreement with the defendants, though the terms of that settlement were not revealed.
Woman Suffers Second- and Third-Degree Burns from Pressure Cooker Explosion
The plaintiff bought the product online in 2014. Several months later, she was using the Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker to make chicken stock. She had made the same recipe in the same cooker four times before.
She put the ingredients in along with 10 cups of water and set the timer for one hour. When the pressure cooker turned off, she let it sit for another 45 minutes, then added more ingredients and set the timer again for 25 minutes.
The plaintiff then started walking away from the cooker and noticed steam escaping from it just moments before it exploded. She was covered with hot water and steam, and suffered from second- and third-degree burns.
She and her husband claimed that the manufacturer had failed to warn about the serious risks associated with using the product and that the product was defective.
Other Incidences of Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker Explosions
There have been several other reports of consumers being burned by the Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker. In one 2014 report, a 61-year-old woman stated she had purchased the Elite 8-Quart Pressure Cooker in May 2014. Then in June 2014, she was using it to cook chili.
She stated that she had cooked the chicken and onions, and then expelled the pressure in the cooker. She added a few additional ingredients, then replaced the lid and started the cooker up again.
“It began to increase in pressure but didn’t sound exactly as it had before,” she says. She added that the cooker was not supposed to increase pressure unless everything was “operating correctly.” She leaned over it to “see if there was a problem and it exploded in my face.” She suffered from second-degree burns on her scalp, face, shoulder, and back. She also suffered additional complications after the injuries.
In another report dated October 2016, an unspecified consumer had purchased a Maxi Matic Elite 13-Function 8-Quart Electronic Pressure Cooker in November 2015. The individual was using it when the lid “broke away from the body with a loud boom. The lid was thrown through the air and broke my light fixture in the dining area about 4 feet away and landed on the floor of the kitchen. Plastic from the cooker and the food were stuck in the ceiling and kitchen floor.” Food landed on top of the cabinets, and glass shards rained down into the floors. “Luckily,” the consumer wrote, “my 7-year-old was in the family room, and I was in the office so no one was harmed.”
The Maxi-Matic Elite pressure cooker has not been recalled, but victims may still be able to find compensation through a pressure cooker lawsuit.
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