Instant Pot Explosion Lawsuit Guide (2024)

Reviewed By Adam Ramirez, J.D.


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Instant Pots and pressure cookers have become popular methods of convenient, quick cooking at home. However, there have been many claims of Instant Pot explosions that have made people question the safety of these devices. Allegations of serious injuries from explosions have also prompted lawsuits.

In this guide, we’ll share an overview of the risks associated with Instant Pots and what to do if an explosion occurs. We’ll also take a look at the legal options available if you’ve been injured.

Why do Instant Pots Explode?

It is possible for an Instant Pot or pressure cooker to explode. Explosions typically result from a malfunction of the pressure-cooking mechanism. These malfunctions can stem from defective seals, faulty gaskets, or poor venting. Any of these malfunctions can result in the Instant Pot bursting open and expelling hot steam and food.

Additionally, Instant Pot and pressure cooker manufacturers have been criticized for making changes to the product without disclosing those changes to consumers. There has also been controversy related to a lack of warnings over proper usage and insufficient recalls. These issues arguably raised the likelihood of a dangerous accident while a consumer is using an Instant Pot.

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Injuries Linked to Instant Pot Accidents

When an Instant Pot blows up, it can damage anything nearby - including people. Severe injuries are possible as a result, which may include:

  • Pressure cooker burns. Hot steam and food can cause second or third-degree burns.
  • Lacerations. Shrapnel from the appliance or shattered glass can cause cuts and bruises.
  • Damaged eyesight. Flying debris can impact the eyes, causing injury.
  • Hearing loss. The sound of the explosion can cause permanent damage to hearing.
  • Trauma. These accidents can cause mental anguish or conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Some additional pressure cooker defects have caused injuries as well. In 2015, roughly 1,000 Instant Pots were recalled after it was discovered that a thermal probe defect could cause the entire pot to conduct electricity, creating an electric shock risk.

What to do After an Instant Pot Explosion

If you have experienced an Instant Pot explosion, your first consideration should be your health and safety. Immediately treat any injuries and visit a healthcare provider for a thorough examination.

Once you are able to do so safely, follow these steps:

  • Document the incident. Take photos of the area where the explosion occurred, any injuries, and the damaged Instant Pot. Gather your receipts, manuals, or warranties related to the appliance.
  • Report the explosion. Contact the manufacturer to report what happened. This may initiate a recall if a defect is identified.
  • Preserve evidence. Keep the Instant Pot and all related components as they are. Do not attempt to repair anything.
  • Consult a Lawyer. Speak with a lawyer experienced in defective product cases to discuss your legal options.

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History of Instant Pot Product Recalls

Thousands of Instant Pots and pressure cookers have been recalled over the years after injured consumers complained or filed lawsuits against the manufacturers. These are some of the larger recalls:

  • 2015 Breville recall. Over 35,000 pressure cookers were recalled over findings that some appliances had incorrectly installed sealing gaskets.
  • 2018 Double Insight recall. Over 100,000 Instant Pot cookers were recalled after it was discovered that a manufacturer defect could cause the device to overheat and potentially start a fire.
  • 2020 Crock-Pot recall. Over 900,000 pressure cookers were recalled due to a defect allowing the device to pressurize without the lid fully locked, leading to possible explosions.

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Instant Pot Lawsuits

Injuries caused by pressure cookers have led to hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers. These claims have included class action cases and individual product liability lawsuits.

A recently filed defective product case illustrates common claims in Instant Pot lawsuits. Plaintiff in Doss v. Midea America Co. claims that he suffered severe injuries after his pressure cooker exploded. He claims that the pressure cooker contained a defect allowing the lid to rotate and open while still pressurized.

In court documents, Plaintiff claims that blame for his injuries falls on the manufacturer. He points out in his complaint that the pressure cooker manual assured consumers that the lid will stay secured once steam builds up in the cooker. Plaintiff claims that the defendant manufacturer was aware of safety defects in its product and failed to correct the defect or warn consumers of potential danger.

As is common in product liability cases, defects in the product design or manufacturing will be a major issue in this lawsuit.

Should You Hire a Pressure Cooker Lawyer?

If you have been injured using an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, speak with a lawyer familiar with product liability law. Defective products can cause injuries that are severe. Working with a lawyer to protect your rights can help ensure you are compensated fairly for your injuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Instant Pots without defects and used correctly are not inherently dangerous. As with any appliance, it is important to read and follow the instructions for use carefully. If you think you have been injured because of a defect in your Instant Pot, contact a lawyer to discuss your case.

  • While exactly how many Instant Pots have exploded is unknown, at least one law firm estimates the number to be in the thousands.

  • The deadline to file a lawsuit varies by state. Each state has a law, called the statute of limitations, that defines how long you have to file a lawsuit. In most states the deadline falls between two and four years. Consult an attorney promptly to ensure your case is filed before the deadline.

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