Lawsuits filed against Maxi-Matic over injuries from exploding Elite Pressure Cookers

by Charles Miller

Maxi-Matic is facing several personal injury lawsuits filed by consumers who purchased the company’s Elite or Elite Platinum pressure cookers. The lawsuits allege that consumers who used Maxi-Matic’s pressure cookers were severely burned as a result of defects in the manufacturing of these products.

Maxi-Matic’s electric pressure cookers are sold in major department stores such as Kohl’s, as well as on television through the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The products are available in six, eight, and 10 quart models, and are sold under the brand names Elite or Elite Platinum.

Consumer products regulators have received several reports in recent years of consumers who were seriously burned as a result of accidents involving Maxi-Matic electric pressure cookers. In one incident, a 61 year old woman was severely burned when her Maxi-Matic pressure cooker exploded while she was using it. In another incident, an exploding pressure cooker made by Maxi-Matic caused severe property damage to a family’s kitchen, although the owners themselves were not injured.

In 2015, a couple from California filed a lawsuit against Maxi-Matic and Kohl’s after the wife was severely injured in an explosion caused by a Maxi-Matic pressure cooker. According to the lawsuit, Bridget Iovino was using an Elite Bistro 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker to make chicken stock when the product began to release large amounts of steam. When Iovino approached the pressure cooker, the product exploded, causing her to suffer severe second- and third-degree burns.

Bridget Iovino and her husband, Gene, filed a lawsuit against Maxi-Matic and Kohl’s over the accident. The lawsuit accused the two companies of knowingly selling a defective product, and of failing to properly warn consumers about the risk of injury they may face from using Maxi-Matic Elite Pressure Cookers.

In spite of reports of injuries caused by Maxi-Matic pressure cookers and the product liability lawsuits filed by consumers who were hurt by these products, the company has not announced plans to recall Elite or Elite Platinum Pressure Cookers.

Consumer safety authorities have also received reports of other pressure cookers that have been linked to injuries. According to data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, consumers have reported injuries involving severe burns caused by explosions with pressure cookers sold by Fagor America, Tabletops Unlimited, and Tristar.

Injured by an exploding pressure cooker? Our lawyers can help.

When consumer home products are not manufactured to meet basic safety standards, serious injuries or property damage may result. Consumers who have been injured by defective products and their loved ones may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their injuries.

If you or a loved one were hurt in an explosion involving pressure cookers manufactured by Maxi-Matic or other companies, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and walk you through the steps in filing a personal injury claim.

For more information about filing a lawsuit against Maxi-Matic over a pressure cooker explosion, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions about your case to get started.


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