Anyone who had food explode out of their pressure cooker.
What's Going On?
Consumers have reported that the food in their pressure cookers exploded out after they opened the lid. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether this problem is being caused by a product defect and, if so, whether consumers can file a class action lawsuit.
What Brands Are Under Investigation?
We've received complaints from people who owned pressure cookers made by Tristar, Maxi-Matic and Cuisinart. Our investigation, however, is not limited to these brands as it is believed this problem may be widespread.
How You Can Help:
If you own a pressure cooker and the food inside exploded or burst out, tell us about it by completing the form on this page. Any information you can provide may be helpful in getting class action lawsuits started.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is behind certain problems with pressure cookers made by Tristar, Maxi-Matic and Cuisinart, among others.
Reports have surfaced that a flaw in certain pressure cookers can cause the food inside to explode out when the lid is opened. Consumers have reported severe burns from the cookers – and now attorneys are asking to hear from anyone who experienced problems with their pressure cooker to assist in the investigation.
If the food in your pressure cooker exploded out onto you or your kitchen, fill out the form on this page and tell us about it. Then, one of the attorneys looking into the pressure cookers may reach out to you directly. He or she may ask you more questions about the incident and explain how you may be able to start or join a class action lawsuit.
What’s Said to Be Causing Explosions with the Pressure Cookers?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe some pressure cookers contain a defective pressure release valve that inaccurately indicates that the built-up pressure has escaped the appliance, prompting consumers to open the lids before they should. As a result, consumers have claimed, the food inside the cookers can “blow up” or “explode” out – even in cases where the cookers are unplugged, properly vented and opened without force.
It is suspected that the problem stems from a faulty gasket that allows the lids to be opened even when significant pressure has built up, despite a safety feature designed specifically to prevent the lid from being opened until all pressure has been released.
Tristar Sued Over Pressure Cookers, Cuisinart, Maxi-Matic Under Investigation
In 2016, Tristar was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in Ohio claiming its Power Pressure Cooker XL suffers “a serious and dangerous design defect” that can result in “significant and painful personal injury.”
In this case, the plaintiff alleges that she turned the pressure release valve so that the pressure and steam could escape. She says she waited fifteen minutes until the valve indicated that there was no pressure left inside. As such, she opened the lid only to have scalding hot soup erupt, spraying all over her and her kitchen, according to the suit. The lawsuit says she suffered second-degree burns to her body and first-degree burns to her lips and left hand.
Tristar is not the only company to face claims that its pressure cooker can allow food to “blow up” and cause physical injury to consumers.
Here are some additional complaints posted online from owners of the Maxi-Matic Elite pressure cooker:
“I purchased an Elite 8 Quart Pressure Cooker in May, 2014. On June 12, 2014, I was cooking white chili in my pressure cooker…I expelled the pressure in the cooker. After it was safe to open the cooker, I added a few additional ingredients which didn't take as much time to cook as the chicken. I replaced the lid on the cooker and started the pressure cooker again. It began to increase in pressure but didn't sound exactly as it had before. It was not to have built pressure if everything was not operating correctly. I leaned over the cooker to see if there was a problem and it exploded in my face. I had to go to the emergency room with 2nd degree burns on my scalp, face, shoulder and back. I was hospitalized and have had some other complications after the injuries. I am still in the process of healing.” — Report No. 20140726-B5D17-2147442529, Maxi-Matic Elite 13-Function 8 Quart Pressure Cooker Customer, SaferProducts.gov
“The lid of the pressure cooker broke away from the body with a loud boom. The lid was thrown through the air and broke my light fixture in the dining area about 4 feet away and landed on the floor of the kitchen. Plastic from the cooker and the food were stuck in the ceiling and kitchen floor. The tops of my cabinets had food land on them. Things fell so fast and hard it ripped up pieces of the flooring. Because the lid broke my glass fixture, glass chards rained down into the floors and cabinet top. Luckily my 7 year old was in the family room, and I was in the office so no one was harmed.” — Report No. 20161005-6D286-2147412305, Maxi-Matic Elite 13-Function 8 Quart Electronic Pressure Cooker, SaferProducts.gov
Reports have also surfaced that pressure cookers made by Cuisinart and others may be causing similar problems.
How a Class Action Can Help
A class action lawsuit can help order the pressure cooker manufacturers to notify consumers of any potential defect, recall and inspect the appliances, and repair and replace the pressure cookers as needed. A successful class action lawsuit could also help discourage other companies from releasing potentially dangerous kitchen tools onto the market and award compensation to people who own the cookers.
If food exploded out of your Tristar, Maxi-Matic Elite or Cuisinart pressure cooker, get in touch with us today using the form on this page. You may be able to join an existing class action or start a new case. It never costs anything to contact us or to speak with the attorneys we work with. Plus, you’re never obligated to take part in any legal action unless you want to.