While these cookers prepare food both healthy and fast, there have been serious injuries caused by their use. The cookers can cause the hot liquid and food to “explode” on a person either using the apparatus or in close proximity to it. The high pressure of the cooker is often the culprit.
Several lawsuits have already been filed by consumers harmed by pressure cooker devices. Lawsuits, in general, allege that the company sold a defective product and failed to warn consumers about the serious hazards of the cooker. Lawsuit allegations include that:
- Negligence in designing, manufacturing and testing the pressure cooker – especially since there were “safer alternative designs” available
- Failure to prevent the “sudden and unexpected explosion” of the cooker's contents, even when the consumer uses the product according to the instructions
- Failure to provide proper and adequate warnings and instructions with its pressure cooker
- Makers knew or should have known that the cooker was not fit for use
In addition to suing the manufacturer in a product liability suit, cases can often be filed against the retailer or seller of the cooker. Allegations in those suits include breach of warranty and violations of consumer codes. Many suits include both the manufacturer and seller.
Pressure cooker lawsuits seek two types of damages. First, the lawsuits seek compensation for the pain and suffering, fright and shock, scarring and disfigurement, and other types of non-economic claims. The suits also seek economic losses, which are compensation for medical bills and lost wages.