Pressure cookers can reduce cooking time by exposing food to intense steam heat. When the air-tight, locking lid and other components work properly, pressure cooking is usually safe. With defective or malfunctioning parts, however, the pot can expel hot contents and cause users to suffer serious burn injuries.
After dozens of reported burn accidents, manufacturer Sensio recently recalled some of its electric and stovetop pressure cookers. The lid of the pots can unlock and be removed during use, causing hot contents to splash out and potentially burn users. Sensio recalled about 860,000 products after receiving 63 incident reports, including second and third-degree burns to the face, torso, arms, and hands.
Sensio Pressure Cooker Recall
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website announced the Sensio recall on August 10, 2023. The details include the following:
Models Recalled: This recall involves the Bella stovetop pressure cooker, as well as the Bella, Bella Pro Series, Crux, and Cooks electric pressure cookers.
Stores Sold: The units in question were sold at Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Target, JCPenney, and Macy’s stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and other websites.
Dates Sold: September 2015 – September 2020
Model/Item Numbers: Consumers can find the item or model number on the permanent on-product label or imprinted stamp on the bottom of the units. The specific recalled cookers listed on the CPSC website include the following:
Stovetop pressure cookers
Electric pressure cookers
Bella Pro Series
Anyone who has a recalled pressure cooker should stop using it immediately and contact Sensio for a refund.
Other Pressure Cooker Recalls
Sensio isn’t the only manufacturer to issue a pressure cooker recall. In 2020, for example, Sunbeam Products recalled nearly a million Crock-Pot pressure cookers (about 914,430, plus 28,330 sold in Canada) due to a burn hazard. The company received 119 reports of lid detachment, resulting in 99 burn injuries that included some third-degree burns.
In 2018, Rena Ware recalled around 700 Nutrex pressure cookers. The recalled units can discharge steam at lower pressures than intended, posing a burn danger to users. In 2015, Breville recalled about 35,600 Fast Slow Cookers reports of injuries caused by steam or hot contents escaping from the unit, including second-degree burns to the hands, arms, or stomach.
Pressure Cooker Burn Lawsuits
Multiple brands of pressure cookers — including Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, and Cuisinart — have been named in lawsuits filed by people injured by their products. Pressure cooker lawsuits often claim certain pots have defective components that cause steam, scalding liquids, and hot food to explode or eject from the cooker.
If you have been seriously hurt by a defective pressure cooker or other product, you deserve compensation for your injuries. You may qualify to recover funds for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional suffering. In some cases, millions of dollars have been awarded to those who suffered severe burns from exploding pressure cookers.
At Altman & Altman LLP, we’ve been helping people injured by defective products for over 50 years. Our skilled Massachusetts attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options. So contact us today for a free consultation on your pressure cooker injury case.