The lawsuit was filed by Shelly Wicklund, a woman who claims that a defective lid-locking mechanism on her Cuisinart GPG-600 pressure cooker resulted in serious burn injuries when she tried to open it.
Wicklund bought the pressure cooker in December 2015. Cuisinart claimed that the lid had a double-locking mechanism that would prevent it from unlocking when the pressure cooker was pressurized.
In March 2016, after having used the pressure cooker safely on multiple occasions, she was making chili when the pressure cooker signaled that cooking was completed and she opened the lid.
Unfortunately, the pressure cooker was still pressurized and exploded chili, spraying her with boiling-hot food that resulted in burns to her arms, neck, chest, and face.
“The defect allows the lid locking safety feature of the pressure cooker to be easily overcome, allowing the lid to be rotated and removed when there is still pressure inside the unit.”
Furthermore, she says the pressure cooker can be fully pressurized when the lid is not securely attached. This can potentially result in the lid separating from the pressure cooker and causing a food explosion.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut — In RE: Shelly Wicklund v. Cuisinart Inc. — Case No. 3:18-cv-01284.