If you polled Indianans on what pops into their heads when they hear the phrase “pressure cooker,” you may get a split right down the middle between a do-it-all kitchen appliance and a highly stressful situation. That’s because pressure cookers have long been associated with kitchen accidents that damage homes and severely injure unlucky bystanders. And while today’s pressure cookers are much safer than their predecessors, they still have the potential to be dangerous.
Along with the growing size of kitchens and the invention of new cooking appliances, pressure cookers became must-have items in post-World War II America, but many were made with cheap parts and little to no safety features. Pressure cookers from that era often used a single-weighted pressure regulator, which was prone to becoming clogged.
When the pressure regulator grew non-functional, the vent valves couldn’t open in time to release excess steam. With nowhere to go, the steam would continuously build until it blew the lid right off—a mishap that wasn’t helped by the fact that lid latches often failed on pressure cookers of that era.
Thankfully, modern pressure cookers have primary and secondary valves, as well as lids that only open when pressure has dissipated. In addition, pressure cookers must meet the standards of consumer testing agencies before they’re allowed to be sold to homeowners, chefs, restaurateurs, and others. However, not all pressure cookers are safe, and every year, media outlets report on new pressure cooker injuries and explosions happening all across the U.S.
As with many dangerous consumer products, exploding pressure cookers can often be attributed to defective design, cut-rate components, or inadequate product testing. In Jan. 2020, a federal lawsuit was filed against Sunbeam after its Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker was alleged to explode and burn users or anyone nearby. The lawsuit claims that the explosions were due to a defective pressure release valve and a faulty gasket that allowed the cooker to open while their contents were still under pressure.
Many kitchen appliances can be dangerous, but pressure cookers are unique in that they are just one or two minor feature failures away from causing serious harm to you and your loved ones. When in use, pressure cookers can have internal temperatures 40 degrees hotter than the boiling point of water. If they explode or forcefully eject liquids or food, their contents can cause severe burns and scalds.
The best way to stay safe is to avoid using pressure cookers altogether. However, if you decide to continue using one, keep these tips in mind to reduce your risks:
Although pressure cookers are associated with explosions and injuries, you shouldn’t have to worry about you, your loved ones, or even your home being in danger because of a simple kitchen appliance. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we hold negligent product manufacturers accountable when their devices injure innocent people.
When you contact us, we’ll find out exactly what happened to cause your pressure cooker to explode. Then, we’ll prove it was the manufacturer’s fault. Finally, we’ll determine how much money you deserve for your medical bills and lost wages, and we’ll fight to help you get every penny. Call today for a free consultation.
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The financial burden that often comes with a serious injury can be too much for many people to bear. Unexpected medical debt, damaged personal property, and the sudden loss of income can impact the budgets of most families. The good news is that a successful injury claim could help reduce that financial strain after a serious accident. Get in touch with a Terre Haute personal injury lawyer with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to learn more.
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