At home pressure cookers are common but are also extremely dangerous kitchen appliances no matter how experienced a cook or chef you are. As the name implies these devices create high heat and a tremendous buildup of steam pressure. Any flawed or subpar manufacturing standards can disastrously should the unit explode or unexpectedly release steam in excess of 200 degrees F. Once the device erupts a blast radius is created, severely burning the body and face of those nearby including children. If you, your spouse, child or loved one has been the victim of a violent pressure cooker explosion you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation. Please contact our Maryland injury attorneys handling pressure cooker lawsuits in Maryland and Washington D.C.
Our burn injury lawyers who made and or sold defective products that caused injuries must be held accountable for providing consumers with dangerous products. The Maryland burn injury attorneys @hardballlaw are currently investigating cases of faulty pressure cookers that have caused serious burns, whether one of the listed brands, or other brands such as Tristar that are still sold on the market. Some potentially dangerous units are still sold by various retailers, even after consumer complaints to the CPSC. Some of the design flaws that have left consumers with serious, disfiguring burns include:
- Faulty seals
- Defective safety pins
- Failure to warn consumers of dangers
- Defective steam venting, leading to explosion
- Faulty gaskets
- Defective safety valves
Steam burns, like all burns, are extremely painful and difficult to treat. They may leave the victim with horribly disfiguring scars. Resulting burns often cover large portions of the upper torso, as well as arms, hands, shoulders, neck, and face. Treatment for these burns involves scraping burned skin off the body (debridement), an extremely painful procedure. Third degree burns damage both layers of skin, and can also affect underlying muscles and tendons. Anyone who has sustained a pressure cooker explosion should contact our Annapolis, Maryland catastrophic injury attorneys right away.
For a pressure cooker to work correctly, it must be designed and assembled correctly. Pressure cookers are typically equipped with a locking lid that makes it impossible for the appliance to open once it reaches a specific pressure level. Excess pressure is then released through a rocker or gasket. The spring-loaded valve serves to regulate the level of pressure building within the appliance. Any error in the design or manufacturing of this part of the unit poses a great risk for consumers. If the pressure release safety device was not assembled or manufactured correctly, the appliance can continue to build up excessive pressure, causing the pressure cooker to explode – a dangerous hazard for any person nearby.
Pressure cookers can be a timesaving appliance, but because they cook foods quickly through the production of high heat and pressure, they can also cause serious burns if defectively designed or manufactured. Several brands are currently under a recall notice issued by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), including the following:
- Pressure Cookers sold on QVC (Model PC501)
- Double Insight
- Crock-Pot Multi-Cookers
- Tristar Products
- NuWave Pressure Cookers
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Instant Pot
- Cook’s Essentials
- Maxi Matic
- Cuisinart Models PPC770, PPC780, PPC790, TRI6 & WAL1
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