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Two women filed new pressure cooker lawsuits in federal courts recently.

The first woman states she was injured by the Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker, while the other claims to have been burned by the Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker. Both claim the manufacturers were negligent in designing and manufacturing the products.

North Carolina Woman Claims to Have Been Injured by the Maxi-Matic Pressure Cooker

The first plaintiff is from North Carolina. She filed her Maxi-Matic lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

She claims that on September 8, 2019, she was using the 6-quart digital pressure cooker when she was able to rotate and remove the lid while the cooker was still under pressure. This allowed the scalding hot contents to explode out of the cooker, and some of it landed on her.

As a result, she suffered significant and painful bodily injuries and has had to undergo expensive medical treatments, physical pain, mental anguish, and diminished enjoyment of life.

Maxi-Matic promotes its pressure cookers as having advanced technology that allowed consumers to cook faster and healthier. According to the owner’s manual, the cookers are designed with a “safety feature” that prevents the lid from opening until all pressure is released.

Yet the product failed to function as advertised according to the plaintiff, as she was able to remove the lid while the unit was still pressurized, despite the appearance that all the pressure had been released. The plaintiff seeks both compensatory and punitive damages.

Philippe Pressure Cooker is Unreasonably Dangerous, Plaintiff Claims

The second woman is from Arkansas. She filed her Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

According to her complaint, she was using the cooker when the lid suddenly and unexpectedly exploded off the cooker’s pot, allowing its scalding hot contents to burn her.

She provides as evidence the owner’s manual for the product, which notes that the cooker is designed with an “auto-lock system” and “triple safety features.” These include a pressure regulator, safety lock, and sealing lid. The safety lock, specifically, is said to automatically release air from the unit during heating, and to cause the lock pin to lock the lid in place as pressure builds.

The plaintiff claims that these features did not work as expected, as she was able to open the lid while the cooker was still under pressure. She brings counts of negligence, strict product liability, manufacturing defect, design defect, negligent information defect, and breach of warranties. She seeks general and special damages.

These two lawsuits are similar to many others that have been filed in courts around the country, with plaintiffs claiming that these products do not operate as advertised, and are unreasonably dangerous for consumers.

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