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A New Jersey couple recently filed a new Cuisinart pressure cooker lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County. They claim that the cooker didn’t operate as expected, exploding and burning one of the plaintiffs and the couple’s child. They seek compensation for medical expenses and disfigurement.

Cooker Explodes and Burns Mother and Child

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs purchased the Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker from the online shopping network QVC on December 13, 2015. A few years later, on September 3, 2018, the mother was using the cooker to make a meal.

Unfortunately, she was able to rotate and open the lid while the pressure cooker was still under pressure—something the safety features are supposed to prevent. As a result, the scalding hot contents exploded out of the cooker and landed on the mother and her child. She blames the incident on the failure of the cooker’s safety features, which are supposed to keep consumers safe while using the product.

Plaintiff Points to Misleading Claims in the Owner’s Manual

As evidence of the manufacturer’s failure in this matter, the plaintiff points to the owner’s manual that accompanied the cooker. Information in the manual leads the consumer to believe that the pressure cooker is reasonably safe for its intended use, and includes a safety system with the following features:

  • Open-and-Close Lid Safety Device: The appliance won’t start pressurizing until the lid is closed and locked properly. The manual states that the lid cannot be opened if the appliance is filled with pressure.
  • Pressure Control Device: This feature automatically maintains the correct pressure level during the cooking cycle.
  • Pressure Limit Valve: This releases air automatically when the pressure inside exceeds the preset temperature.
  • Anti-Block Cover: This prevents any food material from blocking the pressure limit valve.
  • Pressure Relief Device: When the cooker reaches the maximum allowed pressure and temperature, this device moves the pot down until the lid separates from the sealing ring, releasing air pressure.
  • Thermostat: This automatically shuts the pot off when the temperature reaches the preset value, or if the cooker is heating without any food inside it.
  • Thermal Fuse: This opens when the cooker reaches its maximum temperature.

All these features are supposed to prevent an incident such as the one the plaintiff experienced. Yet, according to the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s cooker did not function as expected, as she was able to open the lid while there was still pressure inside the pot.

The plaintiff states that the defendant’s pressure cooker is defective and dangerous and that its representations about safety are wrong and mislead consumers.

Other Pressure Cookers Also Named in Personal Injury Lawsuits

This is one of many pressure cooker lawsuits filed against the makers of Cuisinart as well as other pressure cookers like the Tristar Pressure Cooker, the Instant Pot, Bella Pressure Cooker, NuWave, Crock-Pot, and more. Most of these lawsuits contain similar claims—that the safety mechanisms do not work as advertised, resulting in explosions and burns.

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