The lawsuit was filed by Lori W., a woman from Delaware who was burned by an Instant Pot explosion in September 2017.
Lori bought a brand-new Instant Pot in December 2016. Nine months later, she suffered serious burn injuries when it exploded.
The problem, according to the lawsuit, is that the pressure cooker’s lid is able to be rotated and opened while the pot still contains a dangerous amount of built-up pressure, heat, and steam.
When Lori opened her Instant Pot, its scalding-hot contents were forcefully ejected out of the pressure cooker and onto her body. She suffered 2nd-degree burns on her abdomen.
She blames the incident on the failure of the Instant Pot’s “safety mechanisms,” which are advertised to lock the lid when it still contains a dangerous amount of pressure.
For example, the manufacturer of the Instant Pot claims that “once the lid is locked, and the contents are under pressure, there’s no way to open the pressure cooker,” the lawsuit states.
She claims the Instant Pot is defective because it failed to prevent the lid from being removed with normal force when the unit was pressurized. Furthermore, she says the “safety” claims are not just misleading, they are flatly wrong, and put innocent consumers at risk.
The lawsuit accuses Insight Brands, Inc. of negligence for selling a defective product and failing to warn consumers about a risk of injury.
The lawsuit was filed on September 24, 2019, in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware — Case No. N19C-09-236 FWW.