Two Ohio plaintiffs recently filed a new pressure cooker lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs claim that a Farberware 7-in-1 programmable pressure cooker exploded during use, injuring them both. They seek compensatory and punitive damages from two defendants: Farberware Licensing Company, LLC, and Walmart, Inc.
Plaintiffs Suffer Burns After Farberware Pressure Cooker Allegedly Explodes
According to the complaint, one of the plaintiffs was using the pressure cooker to prepare cabbage for her family on January 16, 2022. She believed at the time that the product was safe, functional, and ready for use. She set the temperature at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, set the timer for 1.5 hours, and hit “start.”
After the cooking cycle was completed and the timer went off, the plaintiff pressed the release button, but the unit didn’t release any steam. The plaintiff let the cooker sit for about 45 minutes. When she went back to the dining room to check on it, she again pressed the release button. The second plaintiff was in the dining room at the time.
According to them, the cooker’s lid unexpectedly and suddenly blew off. The contents of the cooker were forcefully ejected and landed on both plaintiffs, causing severe and debilitating burns. The plaintiff who was cooking suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her arms, chest, breasts, stomach, neck, and shoulders. The other plaintiff claims to have suffered 1st and second-degree burns to his left arm.
Farberware Advertised Its Cookers as Having Important Safeguards
The plaintiffs claim that the manufacturer not only failed to warn about the pressure cooker’s defects that could cause serious injuries but boasted about its safety features that were supposed to prevent these injuries.
According to the owner’s manual accompanying the Farberware cooker, the device is equipped with “important safeguards” that prevent the lid from unlocking until the “float valve…drops down” by itself.
The plaintiffs claim the device did not work as advertised. Instead of preventing the lid from opening or being removed while the unit remained pressurized, the cooker exploded unexpectedly while still under pressure.
Several Brands of Pressure Cookers Named In Personal Injury Lawsuits
This is one of many pressure cooker lawsuits filed in courts around the nation. In each of these, plaintiffs claim that the cookers did not work as advertised. They either exploded or allowed the lid to be rotated and opened while the cookers were still under pressure, causing serious injuries.
All of these cookers talk about their safety mechanisms in their advertising materials, assuring customers that the lid cannot be opened until the pressure has been released. These plaintiffs argue that those statements are false and misleading.
Other brands of pressure cookers that have been named in these lawsuits include Tristar, Ninja Foodi, Crock-Pot, Instant Pot, Wolfgang Puck, and more.
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