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?
Cuisinart, Instant Pot, and Maxi-Matic, among others. It’s believed this problem may be widespread and that multiple brands of pressure cookers may all suffer from the same design issue.
What You Can Do
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. One of the attorneys handling this investigation may then reach out to you directly to explain how you may be able to take part in a class action lawsuit.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is behind certain problems with Maxi-Matic, Cuisinart, Instant Pot and other popular pressure cookers.
Consumers have reported that the food inside their cookers has exploded out, and in some cases, caused severe burns. Now, attorneys are asking to hear from anyone who experienced problems with their pressure cookers to help determine whether class action lawsuits can be filed.
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.
Which Companies Have Been Sued?
The Cuisinart and Maxi-Matic pressure cookers have both been the center of class action lawsuits over a possibly dangerous defect. Tristar also faced a suit over its Power Pressure Cooker XL and has since settled the case.
The class action lawsuit against Tristar alleged 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 alleged that she turned the pressure release valve so that the pressure and steam could escape. She said 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. The lawsuit claimed she suffered second-degree burns to her body and first-degree burns to her lips and left hand.
In January 2018, Tristar agreed to settle this class action lawsuit. The settlement offers extended warranties for the pressure cookers and a credit toward the purchase of a new product.
Attorneys are still investigating whether a case can be made on behalf of people with the Instant Pot cookers.
Instant Pot Linked to Explosions, Burns
The Instant Pot was the center of an individual personal injury lawsuit filed by a family on behalf of their young daughter. According to the suit, the Instant Pot’s lid blew off “releasing with sudden and great force the steam and pressure that was still contained within…spewing its scalding contents” onto the girl. The suit claims she suffered serious, permanent and disfiguring burn injuries to her shoulder, arm, chest and torso as result of the exploding pressure cooker.
The suit claims that the makers of Instant Pot have been warned repeatedly that their product is defective and can cause serious burns even when used properly.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now working to determine whether a class action can be filed on behalf of people with the Instant Pot cookers.
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.
Complaints Over Instant Pot, Maxi-Matic Pressure Cookers
A number of complaints have been posted online from owners of the Instant Pot and Maxi-Matic Elite pressure cooker [sic throughout]:
“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 flew somewhere -- I don’t even know where -- and every bit, every bit of the soup came out of the pot and was in our kitchen. On the ceiling, on the floor. All the walls were covered." —Instant Pot user, KDRV.com
“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
“Always had a difficult time getting the lid to seal, I should have never touched the lid once it had been on awhile and the timer did not start countdown once pressure was attained. I made the (huge) mistake of 'jiggling' the lid to see if it had a seal, I know, dumb. So when it exploded, and boy did it, the lid kept most of the fluid pressure spurting out at waist level. Half of my abdomen was burned and I spent days in pain. I know I shouldn't have touched it, but even more I wish I had never bought it. It is now in the landfill. Stick with your slow cooker.” — M.S., Amazon.com Review – “Huge first degree burn over my abdomen”
“I used my [pressure cooker] a couple of times a month and within a few months it would no longer go into [pressure] mode. The lid got very hot and I was afraid it would explode. I contacted Cuisinart and their customer service was extremely slow and after several emails, nothing got resolved…I ended up just throwing the unit away since I couldn't use it and they continued to give me the run around. My advice would be to buy something from a company that will back up their products. — Mariko Beaver, Amazon.com Review – “Only good for a few uses”
“Received a replacement unit from Amazon, which was also defective. The replacement one had power, but similar to other poor Amazon reviews, the minute it reached full pressure it shut down to the ‘warm’ feature instead of cooking at pressure. A much more serious concern, however, was that while the unit was cooling, the pressure valve suddenly opened by itself and released a long gush of sputtering steam--which seemed VERY DANGEROUS, since it could have seriously burned anyone standing close to it…I'm not a pressure cooker novice, and have never had any [pressure] cooker ‘manually’ release steam unless the valve had been purposely switched to the manual release position, so that was pretty scary…” — An Avid Reader, Amazon.com Review – “Cuisinart Defective Dud—Possibly [Dangerous]"
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