Each of the ‘Philadelphia six’ tells a similar tale:
[plaintiff] suffered serious and substantial burn injuries as the direct and proximate result of the Pressure Cooker's lid being able to be rotated and opened while the Pressure Cooker was still under pressure, during the normal, directed use of the Pressure Cooker, allowing its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the Pressure Cooker and onto [plaintiff].
The owner’s manual for Model No, PPC-790 describes a lid safety device that “[p]revents pressure build-up if lid is not closed properly and prevents lid from opening until all pressure is released.” In addition, a YouTube marketing video featuring culinary expert Eric Theiss assures consumers that, “when your Pressure Cooker is up to pressure, the lid locks on. I couldn't get this lid open if I wanted to. There's no way you're gonna open it. So, it's loaded with safety features, you guys. So, if you've never used a pressure cooker before, this is one of the safest ones you can get.”
The Complaint is comprehensive, alleging:
- strict liability for an inherently dangerous product;
- negligence in the manufacture, sale, warnings, quality control, distribution, advertising,
- promotion, and marketing of the pressure cookers;
- breach of express and implied warranties; and
- violation of state consumer protection law.
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The increasing number of lawsuits and consumer complaints about exploding pressure cooker injuries suggests that the problem is far too common and that consumers should exercise great caution.