After dozens of recent reports of burn injuries around the country, Best Buy started recalling around 930,000 Insignia pressure cookers. The recalled pressure cookers allegedly have incorrect volume markings on the pot which can lead consumers to dangerously overfill it with contents. Scalding hot food and liquids may spill from the pressure cooker when vented using the quick release method or opened prematurely while its contents are still pressurized.
Best Buy has received at least 31 reports of serious incidents in which the cooker contents were expelled under pressure. The CPSC has reported 17 burn injuries, including second-degree and other severe burns. This recall involves the Insignia Multi-Function Pressure Cookers with model numbers NS-MC60SS8, NS-MC60SS9, or NS-MC80SS9, and inner cooker pots with model numbers NS-MCRP6NS9 and NS-MCRP6SS9.
The INSIGNIA brand name appears on the front of each unit and on its permanent label. The inner cooking pots are black with a non-stick coating and the incorrect embossed markings.
If you have an Insignia cooker, you should stop using it and contact Best Buy for a free replacement. If you have experienced an accident relating to the mislabeled pot, contact a burn injury lawyer to investigate.
Best Buy Insignia Pressure Cooker Recall
Due to the pressurizing method of operation, pressure cookers can be some of the most dangerous kitchen appliances on the shelves. Crock pots and pressure cookers rely on a substantial amount of pressure to cook foods fast, trapping in extremely hot liquid and food. If the cooker is incorrectly marked like the Best Buy Insignia model or improperly designed, an accident and burn injury may occur.
Every year, defective pressure cookers are recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and subsequent burn injury lawsuits are filed by burn victims. Most of the time, as in the case of the recalled Best Buy Insignia pressure cooker, many injuries have already occurred by the time the product is recalled, highlighting the need for better quality control and proper testing procedures.
By filing a product liability claim after an injury, plaintiffs can gain compensation for damages and hold companies accountable for the injuries they have caused.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated product recall and product liability attorney representing injured plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer protection claims.
Understanding Pressure Cooker Hazards
Pressure cookers are one of the more popular household items because they can make your life easier in the kitchen. But many manufacturers may not properly test the products before they are released to the public and can fail to warn of the serious burn injury risk of these appliances.
Some recalled pressure cooker models may have faulty seals and gaskets, improper markings or cheap materials that raise the risk of accidents. Our product recall lawyers have investigated companies who sell cookers with the following defects:
- Loose Gaskets—the seal on the cooker pot is an important safety component and should fit properly.
- Improper Markings–the recalled Insignia cookers may have had misleading markings on the pot, leading consumers to overfill the cooker.
- Cheap Materials—improper assembly or cheap materials may lead to poor venting and burn injuries.
- Lid Lock Defect—if a lid fails, contents may spill or spray consumers with extremely hot liquid.
Can I File a Best Buy Insignia Pressure Cooker Recall Lawsuit?
If you have had a bad accident involving any recalled Insignia cooker another defective kitchen appliance, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim. Our attorneys can assist you in investigating the root cause of the accident and can fight for a rightful settlement following an injury.
Common injuries associated with defective or recalled pressure cookers include:
- Scalding Injury
- Third degree burns
- Eye injury
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Face burn & trauma
Lawsuits have been filed against several companies following burn injuries and accidents. Consumer safety attorneys try to hold kitchen appliance companies accountable for the unsafe consumer products they produce, market and sell. When a defective product ends up injuring you or a loved one, compensation can be sought by filing product liability lawsuits.
Pressure Cooker Defect Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of injured plaintiffs throughout the United States. Product Liability law holds companies responsible for dangerous consumer products that present a burn hazard or safety risk.
Pressure Cooker defects are probably more common than you think, and companies may take shortcuts or not properly test the products. The Lyon Firm has sued many companies who fail to provide safe consumer products, and has had much success in reaching large burn injury settlements.
Pressure Cooker Safety Tips
Cookers can be inherently dangerous, but consumers can reduce the risk of burn injury with safe cooking practices:
- If your pressure cooker model has been recalled, do not use it. You may think you can safely use the appliance but it may have more defects than you realize.
- Do not use second hand pressure cookers. These may have even been recalled or could be very old, have missing parts and can cause fire and burn hazards.
- Always properly clean the seals and rubber gaskets on your cookers.
- If the seal, gasket or any other component appears broken, replace it with a new cooker.
- Before use, read and follow the safety instructions.
- Do not overfill! Measure liquids carefully. Too much or too little liquid can cause problems. Many foods expand quite a bit when they cook and need space.
- Keep clear of the steam when opening the cooker with the lid facing away from you.
- Use pot holders to reduce burn risks.