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Crock Pot Explosions & Burn Injuries

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Due to multiple reports of crock pot explosions involving the Sunbeam Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker, a class action lawsuit has been filed by an injured plaintiffs who suffered from severe burn injuries.

SunBeam, the parent company of Crock-Pot, recalled about a million 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers due to a burn hazard. In total, 914,430 crock pot express cookers, sold in the United States and Canada, were manufactured between July 2017 and October 2018, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The Crock Pot Express allegedly exploded and sent boiling hot food into the air, resulting in painful and serious burns that may cause a permanent injury. Attorneys are investigating claims that the Sunbeam pressure cooker is dangerous and defective, and should be recalled.

The explosion purportedly occurred because the Crock-Pot Express model has a faulty pressure-release valve which inaccurately indicates when the lid is safe for consumers to open. Users have also reported a defective pressure cooker gasket that allows the lid to be opened while the pot is still pressurized.

Joe Lyon is an experienced consumer product liability lawyer reviewing lawsuits related to Faulty Pressure Cookers and burn injury accidents.

Crock Pot Explosion Accidents

Consumers have filed lawsuits following serious burn injuries and scarring. Among reviews for the product on, five users reported in 2018 that they were injured by unexpected kitchen explosion accidents.

The suit seeks damages for a failure to warn consumers about alleged design defects and about the safety and quality of the pressure cookers. The Crock-Pot Express lawsuit has been filed against Sunbeam Products and Newell Brands. Other defective crock pot and pressure cooker defect cases have been filed against the following companies:

  • Tristar Products—Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • Cuisinart Pressure Cookers
  • Instant Pot Gem Multicookers
  • Alcan Pressure Cookers
  • Breville Fast Slow Cooker
  • Maxi-Matic Cookers
  • Instant Pot Smart 60
  • Manttra Pressure Cookers
  • HSN Pressure Cookers
  • Tabletops Unlimited Cookers
  • Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Cookers
  • Double Insight Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers
  • Prestige Pressure Cooker
  • Nuwave Cookers

Crock Pot Burn Injury Lawsuits

Crock pot and pressure cooker manufacturers have a duty to properly test their products before they are released to the public. If defective crock pots and resulting pressure cooker accidents cause burn injuries, consumers and plaintiffs may consider legal action.

Burn injury settlements in kitchen appliance accidents can compensate injured plaintiffs and force negligent and unscrupulous companies to properly warn consumers of their product risks in the future.

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How Are Pressure Cookers Hazardous?

Two pressure cooker recalls in 2017 highlighted the potential dangers of defective kitchen appliances for consumers. In August, 2017, Aldi stores in Australia initiated a recall of the Crofton Chef’s Collection 6L Pressure Cooker by H&H Asia after reports of six people sustaining serious injuries after the pressure cookers exploded. The defective cookers sprayed boiling liquids and allegedly burning victims’ faces, eyes, upper bodies, arms and torsos. In June, 2017, Target stores issued a product recall for their Bellini Pressure Cookers, sold between October, 2015 and June, 2017, after an alleged defect with the lid was discovered. A defective lid may cause it to come loose under pressure and scalding contents may be released, potential for serious burns and other injuries. 

All six people injured by the recalled Aldi pressure cooker mentioned above allegedly suffered either second-degree burns or third-degree burns that covered up to a third of their bodies. Second-degree burns typically result in swelling, blisters, leaking fluid, and possible skin loss and swelling. Third-degree burns are more serious, penetrate the entire thickness of the skin, and damage nerve endings. Pressure cookers cook foods at temperatures higher than 250 degrees Fahrenheit. When contents spill or the appliance explodes, the dangers are obvious. In this example with the Aldi cookers, the locking mechanism allegedly failed, hot pressure steam released from the product, and in two reports, the lid of the cooker detached from the device, causing face and eye injuries. 

What are Common Kitchen Appliance Accident Injuries?

Whether an accident involves defective pressure cookers, crock pots, gas stoves, microwaves, blenders of other appliances, the injuries are typically burn injuries and lacerations. Severe scalding and third degree burns are often serious injuries. 

How Are Cookers Defective?

Types of Cooker Defects 

  • Explosive tendencies
  • Improper Venting System
  • Faulty seals and gaskets
  • Inferior Material Construction
  • Lid Defects—spill hazards
  • Projectile Hazards
  • Scald & Burn Injury Risk
  • Fire Hazards
Do Cookers Have design defects?

The following factors are considered under Ohio law when determining the risks associated with the design of a product:  (1) the magnitude of the risk of injury; (2) ordinary consumer awareness of the risk for injury; (3) the likelihood of causing injury; (4) the violation of a private or public standard; and (5) the consumer’s expectation of the performance of the product and level of danger. Ohio Revised Code 2307.5 (B) Product Defective in Design or Formulation.

The following factors are considered under Ohio law when determining the benefits associated with product design: (1) the utility of the product; (2) availability of an alternative design; (3) the magnitude of risks associated with an alternative design. Ohio Revised Code 2307.5 (c)

Defenses for Defective Design(1) a pharmaceutical drug or medical device is not defective by design if it contains an adequate warning of an unavoidably unsafe aspect of the pharmaceutical or medical device; (2) the dangerous aspect is inherent to the product, recognizable, and cannot be eliminated without compromising the product’s usefulness; (3) a lack of a feasible alternative design. 2307.75 (d)(e)(f).

Are cookers made of cheap materials?

A manufacturing defect is based on a defect that occurred during the manufacturing process. Most manufacturing defect cases are based on a products deviation from the intended specification, formula, performance standards, or design model. In such cases, it may be easy to determine the product did not comply with the intended design.

The product may be recalled as a specific lot is identified as being non-compliant and defective. A product may be defective in manufacture or construction, materials and assembly, and a manufacturer or distributor may be subject to strict liability, even though it exercised all possible care.  Ohio Revised Code 2307.74.

Are Pressure Cooker warnings sufficient?

In determining whether a product is defective due to inadequate warning or instruction, evidence must be presented to prove:

  • The manufacturer knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about a risk
  • A reasonable manufacturer would have provided a warning of the risk
  • The manufacturer failed to provide the warning
  • The person was injured due to a lack of warning. The same elements apply whether the claim is based on a warning present during the marketing or post-sale warnings.

Defenses to Failure to Warn Claims(1) the risk was open and obvious or a matter of common knowledge; and (2) in cases of a pharmaceutical drug or medical device, the warning was provided to the prescribing physician (“Learned Intermediary Doctrine”).

Many pharmaceutical companies have been targeted in failure to warn lawsuits for either failing to place warnings on medication guides and packaging or failing to properly test their product before putting it to market.

Can my cooker explode?

If the lock, vent, seal, or gasket is defective on your pressure cooker model, the appliance may be very dangerous and pose a burn injury risk. 

have any instant pots exploded?

Due to pressure cooker explosion reports, about 100,000 Instant Pot Cookers were recalled in 2018. Since then, several other models have caused injury to consumers. 

Your Right to Safety

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Defective products on the market present safety and health hazards for adults and children. Cheap and defective products may pose fire and burn risks; electrocution, strangulation and choking risks; and severe health risks. The manufacturers of consumer products have a duty to foresee potential injury and properly design and test products before they are released.

Companies must also properly warn consumers of any risks associated with their products. Any failure to protect consumers that results in accidents and injury can lead to lawsuits filed by plaintiffs and their Cincinnati product liability lawyer

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The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to a defective product or recalled product to obtain just compensation under the law. 



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