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A Utah woman recently filed a new Instant Pot Pressure Cooker lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. She claims that after using the pressure cooker as instructed, she was seriously injured. She seeks compensatory damages. NOTE: the case has a legal ad on the 2nd page that needs to be removed before reposting.

Plaintiff Blames Malfunctioning Safety Mechanisms for Her Injuries

According to her complaint, the plaintiff purchased the new pressure cooker on November 11, 2018. It was the Model Nova 60. Then on April 25, 2019, she was using it to make a meal when she was able to rotate and open the lid while the pressure cooker was still under pressure. The scalding hot contents were forcefully ejected onto her, and she suffered serious and substantial burn injuries.

The plaintiff claims that the incident occurred because the cooker’s supposed “safety mechanisms” did not work as advertised, and because the manufacturer failed to redesign it despite the existence of economical, safer alternative designs.

Manufacturer Makes Assurance of Safety

Instant Brands, Inc. manufactures, markets, imports, distributes and sells a wide range of kitchen products, including the Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, which includes the Nova Plus, 60 model. The company touts the safety of its pressure cookers, stating that they cannot be opened while in use.

The plaintiff lists several examples of the defendants’ advertisements, in which the company states that its products are dependable and safe. On its YouTube page entitled “Getting to Know Your New Instant Pot IP-DUO,” for instance, are statements like the following:

  • “The first thing you need to know about your IP-DUO is that you don’t need to be afraid of it, as many people are afraid of stovetop pressure cookers.”
  • “With 10 safety features built-in, you can use your Instant Pot with confidence, knowing that it is not going to explode.”

Some of these safety mechanisms include:

  • Safety Lock Lid: When the cooker is pressurized, the lid will automatically lock to prevent opening the cooker.
  • Lid Position Detection: If the lid is not in a safe position for pressure cooking, the cooker will not allow cooking to begin.
  • Leaky Lid Detection: If there is steam leakage from the lid, the cooker will not pressurize.

Many Brands of Pressure Cookers Linked with Burn Injuries

Despite all these assurances of safety, the plaintiff states that her cooker was defectively and negligently designed and manufactured. The safety mechanisms did not work as advertised as she was able to open the lid while the unit remained pressurized, despite the appearance that all pressure had been released. The manufacturer knew or should have known that its pressure cookers were defective. Rather than take action, the company simply ignored the problem and continued to sell the product.

Pressure cookers that have been recalled in recent years due to potentially dangerous defects include the Rena Ware Nutrex Pressure Cookers, Double Insight Instant Pot Multicookers, Double Insight Instant Pot Pressure Cookers, and Breville Pressure Cookers.

Other cookers that have not been recalled but still have been linked with injuries include the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker, Bistro Pressure Cookers, NuWave pressure cookers, and more.

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