Reports of exploding Cuisinart & Elite Bistro pressure cookers have spurred an investigation into whether manufacturer negligence and product defects are to blame. These 8-quart pressure cookers are made by Maxi-Matic and have been sold through the Home Shopping Network (HSN) in 2015 (and earlier).
According to reports, both the Cuisinart & Elite Bistro pressure cookers have caused horrific burn injuries, including second- and third-degree burns, after explosions have launched scalding contents at victims.
Those who have been injured by a Cuisinart or Elite Bistro pressure cooker explosion may have a legal claim and may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, suffering and losses.
The Amaro Law Firm is currently investigating potential defects and negligence surrounding Cuisinart & Elite Bistro pressure cookers. We welcome anyone who has been injured by these appliances to join our investigation and discover more about their legal options.
Pressure Cookers: The Dangers & Defects
Pressure cookers are inherently risky appliances, even when everything is working properly. In general, these appliances work by trapping steam in a sealed chamber that contains food (to be cooked). Once sealed and set, the pressure cooker will elevate the pressure within the chamber, quickly increasing the temperature (as high as 250˚F).
While these high pressures and temperatures can be dangerous, safety mechanisms, product design features and manufacturer instructions and warnings should make pressure cookers safe to use.
Tragically, however, that is not always the case. In fact, all too often, defects like (but not limited to) the following can result in dangerous pressure cooker malfunctions and serious injuries to bystanders:
- Faulty lids and seals – These defects can blow the lids off of pressure cookers while they are in use, spewing out extremely hot contents.
- Defective valves – These can prevent pressure cookers from properly depressurizing, exposing people to serious burns even after a device is no longer in use.
- Malfunctioning safety locks – Safety lock failures can let pressure cookers be opened while they are in use, again putting people at risk of serious burns from steam and scalding food.
These and other pressure cooker defects are commonly the result of some type of negligence, like:
- Design flaws and failures to conduct proper safety testing on the appliances
- Use of subpar components or hardware
- Poor manufacturer instructions and insufficient product warnings.
While manufacturers of defective pressure cookers can be liable for the injuries their faulty appliances cause, they are not the only party that may be held accountable. Retailers that sell faulty pressure cookers, like HSN, can also be liable for the harm these defective appliances cause.
Pressure Cooker Recalls
Reports of Cuisinart & Elite Bistro pressure cooker explosions are, unfortunately, just the latest incident in an ongoing saga surrounding these common kitchen appliances. In fact, other brands of pressure cookers that have been reported to be defective and cause injuries include (and are not limited to) those from:
- Wolfgang Puck.
Some defective pressure cookers have even been the subject of national recalls. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), here are just some of the pressure cooker recalls that have been issued within the past few years alone:
- Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicookers made by Foshan Linshine Technology Co. – Sold at Walmart, these pressure cookers were recalled due to “a manufacturer defect [that] can cause the multicooker to overheat and melt on the underside, posing a fire hazard.” This recall was issued in March 2018, and it affected about 104,000 pressure cookers.
- Nutrex Pressure Cookers made by Rena Ware – Sold through representatives from December 2015 through June 2018, these pressure cookers were recalled because they discharged “steam at lower pressures than intended, posing a burn hazard to consumers.” This recall was issued in August 2018, and it affected about 700 appliances.
- Instant Pot “Smart” & “Smart-60” made by Double Insight, Inc. – Sold online via Instantpot.com and Amazon.com from November 2014 to May 2015, these pressure cookers were recalled because “the thermal probe in the base can conduct electricity throughout the cooker, posing a risk of electric shock.” This recall was issued in July 2015, and it affected more than 1,000 units.
While recalls are essential to taking dangerous products – like defective pressure cookers – off the market, oftentimes, these recalls are only issued after product defects and malfunctions have hurt people. Whenever products, used as intended, cause harm, investigating whether defects are present can be essential to determining whether negligence was involved – and, if so:
- Identifying the liable parties and holding them accountable for their negligence
- Helping the injured seek the justice and financial recoveries they deserve.
The Amaro Law Firm Is Now Investigating Reports about
Cuisinart & Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker Explosions.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about your legal options if you have been harmed by a potentially defective pressure cooker – or any type of dangerous product.
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