Update: Pressure Cooker Explodes, Burns New Jersey Woman
August 11, 2016 – A 48-year-old cafeteria worker in Bridgewater, New Jersey, received serious burns last week when the top of a pressure cooker dislodged and spewed hot rice on to her hand and arms, according to myCentralJersey.com. The woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital; police say the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bridgewater Health Department have been notified of the incident.
What is the Power Pressure Cooker XL?
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is an “As Seen on TV” digital pressure cooker made by Tristar Products, Inc., which claims to be a “one button, one pot kitchen miracle” that prepares slow-cooked meals 70% faster than conventional methods. The device features an air-tight lid that locks into place, trapping super-heated steam inside a “hyper-pressurized environment” that forces liquid and moisture into the food. The Power Pressure Cooker XL is available online and in retail stores across the U.S., including Walmart, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
What’s the Problem?
Despite Tristar’s claims that the Power Pressure Cooker XL features a variety of safety features that guarantee accident-free operation, the device has been reported to explode without warning while cooking food as consumers open the lid. As the result of a potentially defective valve caused by a clog in the valve’s line, lawsuits allege that pressure builds inside the pressure cooker and its contents explode onto nearby people, appliances, walls and floors.
Learn more about the problems with pressure cookers on our pressure cooker FAQ page.
Florida Couple Sues Tristar Over Exploding Pressure Cooker
In june 2015, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed against Tristar by Lili Kekteva and Serg Tchernykh, a Florida couple who suffered severe burns when their Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded. The incident occurred when the two were making dinner in October 2014. When they opened the pressure cooker, it spewed hot soup everywhere. Serg suffered 2nd-degree burns from his elbows to his fingertips, and Lili was burned on her hand.
Pressure Cooker Injuries
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL has been linked to dozens of reports of the following types of injuries and damages:
- Severe burns to the arms, legs, face and other parts of the body
- Scars and disfigurement
- Damages to kitchen walls, cabinets and floors
Has the Power Pressure Cooker XL Been Recalled?
Despite being linked to numerous severe burn injuries and other damages, the Power Pressure Cooker XL has not been recalled, and continues to be sold at major retailers across the U.S. Lawsuits allege that Tristar failed to disclose a potential defect in the appliance and that customers have experienced severe burn injuries as a result. Failure to warn of product defects can be a basis of manufacturer liability, regardless of whether the device has been recalled or not.
Is There a Class Action?
To date, no class action has been filed in the pressure cooker burn injury litigation. However, our lawyers are reviewing potential individual lawsuits for people who were injured by Tristar Power Pressure Cookers and other similar devices. If we determine that you have a valid claim, you may be eligible to receive compensation to assist with:
- Medical expenses (both past and future)
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Other damages
Do I Have a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in pressure cooker lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a Power Pressure Cooker XL or other similar appliance, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.