Anyone who had a Pyrex dish shatter after removing it from or while it was in the oven.
What’s Going On?
Studies have shown that the glass in Pyrex cookware isn’t strong enough to undergo severe temperature changes. Now, attorneys are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of people who had their glassware explode.
October 10, 2019
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Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak to anyone who had a Pyrex dish explode or shatter after removing it from or while it was in the oven. They are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed against the makers of the cookware in light of reports that the glass may not be as durable as it should be.
Exploding Pyrex? What’s Going on Here?
Over the years, a number of reports have surfaced indicating that the “indestructible” glass bakeware can explode when exposed to sudden temperature changes. People have reported that the glassware can shatter when, for instance, moving a dish from the refrigerator to a heated oven or removing a dish from the oven and placing it on a countertop.
It is believed the problem stems from improper tempering of the material – reportedly, soda lime silicate – used to manufacture the product. Furthermore, there has been some controversy, as reported by Snopes, as to when the makers of Pyrex switched to soda lime silicate from a more expensive material known as borosilicate glass. It has been shown that while borosilicate glass can undergo a 333-degree temperature change, soda lime silicate can only withstand a 99-degree temperature change.
This means that, in theory, the soda lime silicate Pyrex wouldn’t be able to withstand a move from a 375-degree oven to a 70-degree countertop, as the temperature change would be well over 99 degrees.
How Can a Lawsuit Help
If a class action lawsuit is filed and is successful, consumers may be able to get their money back for Pyrex dishware that exploded. Furthermore, a court may order the manufacturers to redesign Pyrex and to divulge whether they changed the material used in the glassware, resulting in an inferior product.
Consumer Complaints of Pyrex Shattering, Exploding
A number of complaints have been posted online by people who had their Pyrex glassware shatter. Examples include [sic throughout]:
“On Sunday morning, November 12th, We were baking biscuits in our oven. We were using a new dish from Pyrex, it was a casserole dish with blue swirls on it, we recently purchased it and had probably used it a handful of times. When the biscuits had finished baking, they were placed on the stovetop to cool down, as we always do. I was standing in front of the Oven when Suddenly the dish exploded, small and large shards of glass flew through the air with extreme force, covering the entire kitchen. I was in shock and my ears were ringing, I looked down because my foot felt strange and noticed it was covered in blood.” — ConsumerAffairs.com, Kyrie of Fountain Hills, Arizona
“I had company over to the house for a lasagna dinner…I had just taken it out of the oven, turned around for a quick second (thankfully) and the 8 1/2 x 14 Pyrex dish shattered all over my kitchen. I have never experienced this before and it was not an experience I want to relive. The glass went everywhere and needless to say all of the food was ruined. Pizza was ordered and I swore off ever owning Pyrex brand products again.” — ConsumerAffairs.com, Pat of Wilmot, Nebraska
“Pyrex Easy Grab 8-Piece Glass Bakeware and Food Storage Set - I was baking yams in the largest pan. After I took the pan out of the oven and set it on top of the oven, it exploded. Shards of glass scattered all over the kitchen, as far as seven feet away. I am very lucky that I wasn't hurt and especially lucky that a shard of glass didn't end up in my eye! Unacceptable!” — ConsumerAffairs.com, Tiffany of North Bend, Oregon
“Until this happened to me yesterday, I'd never heard of the Exploding Pyrex issue. I made a batch of mac-n-cheese on the stovetop, then wanted to bake it at 350 for about 20 minutes to finish it off. The Pyrex pan I used was fairly new, maybe a few years old…I put the mac-n-cheese in the pan and set it on the oven rack. No more than five minutes later, there was a tremendous boom from the oven, which was the pan exploding into hundreds of tiny pieces.” — ConsumerAffairs.com, William of Battle Ground, Washington