Lawsuit Claims Popular Pressure Cooker Is Exploding And Injuring People

Jun 10th, 2021

Before you buy a pressure cooker, it is vital that you checked reviews from other customers. You might end up buying the pressure cooker that has been involved in a lawsuit!

A pressure cooker is one of the must-have appliances in a kitchen. It makes cooking easier and faster. This is an airtight pot where food can be cooked quickly under steam pressure. The pressure cooker uses a sealed container that will heat up the liquid and trap the steam to cook the food.

This is different from your usual pot because the air pressure increase and make the boiling water even hotter, from 212 -250 degrees Fahrenheit. This way, the food will cook faster than normal.

However, it is important that you buy a high-quality pressure cooker and you know how to use the equipment properly. If you do not do it right, you can end up getting injured. The hot steam and liquid are under pressure and if this is released accidentally, it can cause serious burn injuries. And if the pressure cooker is defective, it can pose a great risk to consumers.

Kimberly Rife and Nicolle Kainrath claim that they incurred personal injuries after they used the pressure cooker. They recently filed a federal class-action as well as an individual lawsuit against Sunbeam products. They believe that the Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker that they bought is defective.

In the filed lawsuit, Rife explains that around January 8, 2018, she used the Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker that her daughter, Kainrath, gave to her as a gift. She wanted to make a nice dinner for her family. While preparing the chicken and rice soup, she said she did follow the Owner’s Guide instructions. She said that she waited to open the lid until the pressure was already within safe limits.

According to the lawsuit, there is a faulty design in two areas – First, the pressure release valve is defective because it did not properly indicate the pressure levels inside the pot. Second, the gasket is also defective which should allow the user to open the lid even though the pot is still under pressure.

The lawsuit explains:

“Unbeknownst to her, as a result of the Defect, the Pressure Cooker still retained a significant and dangerous amount of pressure inside the appliance. And despite Defendant’s purported built-in safety features, including a lid safety device that was supposed to prevent the lid from opening while the Pressure Cooker retained pressure, Mrs Rife was able to easily remove the lid. When she easily twisted and opened the lid, the scalding hot contents exploded out of the pot, spraying her hand, wrist and stomach, and her surrounding kitchen area.”

As a result, Rife suffered first- and second-degree burns all throughout her body. She did receive treatment at an emergency room but she experienced a long period of pain and suffering because of these injuries. In fact, she still has scarring.

Sunbeam has not made any formal comments regarding the lawsuit. Also, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission never issued a recall for these products.

If you have a Sunbeam pressure cooker at home, the lawsuit applies to all the Crock-Pot Express Pressure cooker models that are being sold by the said company. This includes the Model Number SCCPPC600-V1.