Consumer safety agencies have received reports of severe burns and other injuries caused by Elite and Elite Platinum pressure cookers sold by Maxi-Matic. Consumers who own one of the pressure cookers named in these reports make be at risk of serious injuries caused by explosions from these products.
Maxi-Matic pressure cookers that have been linked to burn injuries caused by explosions include the following products and model numbers:
- Elite 6 Quart Electric Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (EPC-678, EPC-686)
- Elite Bistro 8 Quart Electric Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (EPC-808)
- Elite Bistro 10 Quart Electric Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (EPSS-1013)
- Elite Platinum 6 Quart Electric Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (EPC-607, EPC-608, EPSS-608)
- Elite Platinum 8 Quart Electric Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (EPC-807, EPC-813)
- Elite Platinum 10 Quart Electric Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (EPC-1013)
Maxi-Matic’s Elite and Elite Platinum pressure cookers can be used for a variety of kitchen tasks, including cooking beef, chicken, fish, pork, ribs, and other meats; beans; brown, white, or wild rice; grains; desserts; potatoes and other vegetables; or soups and stews. The pressure cookers can also be used for browning meats, reheating or keeping food warm, and slow cooking.
The Elite and Elite Platinum pressure cookers are sold in and other major department stores – including Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, Sears, and Best Buy – as well as many online retailers, including Amazon, Wayfiar, and Maxi-Matic’s own website.
Lawsuits Filed Against Maxi-Matic Over Burn Injuries from Defective Pressure Cookers
Pressure cookers use steam and heat compressed at high temperatures in order to cook food. However, if these products are not designed and manufactured safely, this high temperature, high pressure steam can be extremely dangerous for consumers.
According to lawsuits filed against Maxi-Matic and retailers who sell these products, the Elite and Elite Platinum pressure cookers are dangerously defective because the lids of the pressure cookers are designed to close the wrong way. As a result, when the products are used by consumers for cooking, the machines are pressurized without the lid of the product being fully closed. This increases the risk that the pressure cookers may explode while in use, putting consumers at risk of serious burns or other injuries.
Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other regulators have received reports of severe burns and other injuries caused by Elite and Elite Platinum pressure cookers, Maxi-Matic has not announced plans to recall these products. However, the company has already faced multiple lawsuits over allegations that these products are dangerously and defectively designed.
In 2015, a California woman filed a lawsuit against Maxi-Matic after she suffered severe second- and third-degree burn injuries caused by steam and hot water from an exploding Elite pressure cooker. In 2017, another woman in California filed a claim against the company after she was burned by the scalding hot contents of her Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker.
According to these lawsuits filed against Maxi-Matic, the company has known for years about the risk of accidents and serious burn injuries for consumers who use the Elite and Elite Platinum pressure cookers. In addition to online reports by consumers who experienced problems with defective Maxi-Matic pressure cookers, the company has also faced multiple lawsuits from customers who suffered severe burns caused by the malfunction of these products.
Product Liability Lawsuits Filed by Our Law Firm
If you or a loved one have suffered burns caused by steam, hot water, or scalding food from an exploding Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro or Elite Platinum pressure cooker, you may be eligible to take legal action. For more information about filing a claim and to find out if you qualify, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation.
When manufacturers of commercial goods fail to ensure that these products as safe, reliable, and free from defects that can harm consumers, serious and potentially fatal injuries may result. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that companies who negligently sell and manufacture dangerous commercial products should be held accountable for the injuries they cause in a court of law.
To start your consultation with an attorney, contact the law office of Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling our office toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free Maxi-Matic case evaluation form and answering a few short questions to get started.