Pressure cookers heat quickly and produce intense pressure and steam, resulting in a high risk of steam burns, pot contact burns, splashed or spilled hot liquids and cooker explosion. Because pressure cookers are designed to heat and cook foods quickly through the use of high heat and pressure, manufacturer and/or design defects have the potential to cause serious burns to the face and body. Burns associated with steam are extremely painful and difficult to treat, and may leave the victim with disfiguring scars. Such burns often cover large portions of the upper torso, as well as arms, hands, shoulders, neck, and face. Treatment for these burns involves scraping burned skin off the body (debridement), an extremely painful procedure.
Several pressure cooker brands are currently under a recall notice issued by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), including the following:
Some of the design and/or manufacturing flaws that have left consumers with serious burns include:
Some specific recalled models include:
Breville Fast Slow Cookers: The sealing gasket can be incorrectly inserted upside down on the lid which can allow the unexpected release of built-up pressure. This poses a risk of burns to the user or consumers nearby.
Ultrex-brand Pressure Cookers: The pressure cooker’s lid can open while its contents are under pressure, allowing the hot contents to be expelled and causing burn injuries to bystanders.
Pressure Cooker Injuries & Accidents
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The following are some stores and retailers where defective or potentially exploding pressure cookers may have been sold and while some defective products have been recalled, others still remain on the market available for sale or already in homes.
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