By Sean Dormer
My wife and I have a one-year-old, which means we’re now old hands at figuring out ways to make dinner fast. (Although, I have to confess that Pediatrician Mom is a lot better at planning meals than I am, so I tend to dive into the chopping and shopping grunt work). One of our best parenting hacks is our electric pressure cooker. Remembering to turn a slow cooker on as we get ready for our high-energy day jobs, with dad-brain and mom-brain added to it, was getting a little difficult. With a pressure cooker, that’s thankfully a thing of the past…
But every time I turn on our pressure cooker, I also think about the mom we represent who tried the same thing and ended up with a result none of us would wish on anyone. She went to open her Tristar pressure cooker, it twisted open despite still being pressurized, and the food she was making came exploding out into her face. She survived, but she has permanent scarring on her face, neck, and chest.
The sad truth is that pressure cookers can be made to be a lot safer than they are. But some companies choose to do things the cheap way, let people get hurt, fight back against the lawsuits, and deny everything instead of taking responsibility for making safe products from the get-go. With companies like that, it falls to good juries and good lawyers to put them out of business and deter similar behavior from others.
The main danger associated with pressure cookers is the risk of explosion. When pressure builds up inside the cooker, it can cause the lid to come off suddenly, releasing hot steam and causing burns or even serious personal injuries.
The resulting explosion depends on how much pressure has built up in the cooker. The more pressure, the bigger the explosion. And the more heat, the more pressure. Pressure cooker explosions can happen due to a variety of reasons, some of which include:
Here are just a few of the safety features to look for, though they certainly don’t make these things perfect, and improvements can still be made:
I’m hoping that people who read this post are in the market for a safe product and end up finding a good one. We’re in this business to improve things. But beyond spreading the word, sometimes all we can do is hold manufacturer’s accountable for making bad choices. If you’re doing research because you’ve been hurt by an exploding or fast-releasing pressure cooker, I’m sorry for what happened to you and happy to talk further about your legal options through a Denver defective product injury case. Contact us to set up a free consultation.