Pressure Cooker Recall (2020)

Your prized pressure cooker may be a ticking time bomb.

Recently SunBeam Products, the parent company of famous household appliances like the Crock-Pot, has issued a recall of nearly 1 million pressure cookers.

The recall only covers any Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers that were manufactured between July 2017 and October 2018 according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

SunBeam Products has issued a statement warning that the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker can pressurize even when the lid is not properly locked. This can result in the lid detaching from the cooker while in use, causing hot food and liquid to explode from the pressure cooker.

While SunBeam Products has stated that the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker can still be used for slow cooking and sauteing safely, the malfunction can happen when it is in pressure cooking mode. So far, there have been 119 reports of lid malfunctions, resulting in 99 burn injuries that range between first to third degree burns.

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Owners are entitled to receive a free lid if they own the afflicted model, which should resolve any manufacturing issues.

Unfortunately, it’s not just SunBeam Products that has issued a recall for their defective pressure cookers.

Other brands under a recall notice from the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) include:

  • Ultrex-Brand
  • Breville
  • Manttra
  • QVC Pressure Cookers
  • Double Insight
  • Crock-Pot Multi-Cookers
  • Farberware
  • Tristar Products
  • NuWave Pressure Cookers
  • Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • Instant Pot
  • Nutri-Pot
  • Cook’s Essentials
  • Maxi Matic
  • Cuisinart

Pressure cookers can pose a dangerous threat to the general public. Because they cook using high heat and extremely large buildups of steam pressure, any sort of faulty manufacturing can cause the unit to explode or release unexpected amounts of hot steam.

An added danger is that when pressure cookers explode, they eject their contents across the immediate vicinity.

This can lead to disfiguring burns across the face, arms, torso, and other exposed body parts. On top of damaging your skin, the extremely hot contents can burn through to the second layer of skin, causing damage to the muscles and tendons underneath.

This leads to long and lengthy treatments. In order to treat these burns, the burns must be scraped off of the body, a grueling and arduous process that leads to permanent scarring.

And it’s not just the lids that can lead to malfunction. Other design flaws that can lead to pressure cooker malfunctions include:

  • Ill-fitting seals
  • Faulty safety pins
  • Failure to inform customers of potential hazards
  • Steam vent blockages
  • Defective gaskets
  • Broken safety valves

If you or a loved one has been injured by a faulty pressure cooker, you should contact legal aid immediately. We can help you get in touch with a vast network of lawyers who specialize in Personal Injury lawsuits involving bodily injury from pressure cooker malfunctions.

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