Instant Pot Lawsuit
Instant Pot has become popular in the United States as an all-in-one cooking product that, according to the manufacturer’s claim, can roast, bake, stew, slow-cook, sear, and steam up to a temperature of 250 degrees – 40 degrees hotter than boiling water. Following an Instant Pot recall, questions about the safety of the cooking pot, which is sold in Walmart, have been raised. Some consumers who have suffered substantial injuries from Instant Pot explosions, including serious burns, have filed lawsuits claiming the product is dangerous and that they were not adequately warned of the risks.
Numerous consumers have experienced explosions and fire from Insta Pot through no fault of their own. They used their devices as directed and still suffered an adverse event. Manufacturers are required by law to sell products that have been thoroughly tested for safety and to inform consumers of known risks associated with their products.
If you or a loved one have suffered physical injuries related to normal Instant Pot use, contact us for a free case review.
Is Your Product Included in an Instant Pot Recall?
Instant Pot is manufactured by Foshan Linshine Technology in Guangdong, China and distributed exclusively through Walmart stores by Ottawa-based importer and distributor Double Insight. Of the 14 models manufactured, one model — the oval-shaped Gem 65 8-in-1 cooker – has been the subject of an Insta Pot recall.
After receiving 107 reports of overheating, including five cases involving property damage, the Consumer Safety Product Commission announced a recall of 104,000 Gem 65 8-in-1 Insta Pot multicookers sold through Walmart from August 2017 through January 2018.
Double Insight explained on its website: “The overheating is the result of a tooling misalignment during the manufacturing process, which created a gap between the bottom of the inner pot and the top surface of the heating plate in the product. This gap can cause the multicooker to overheat and melt on the underside, posing a fire hazard to consumers.”
To see if your product has been affected by the recall, check the rating label on the underside of the multicooker for one of the following batch codes:
Instapot Recall: Smart and Smart 60 Pressure Cookers
Another 1,000 Instant Pot “Smart” and “Smart 60” pressure cookers were recalled after three reports of electrocution.
“The thermal probe in the base can conduct electricity throughout the cooker, posing a risk of electric shock,” according to the Instapot recall notice. The Bluetooth-enabled devices were sold online at Instapot.com and Amazon.com from November 2014 through May 2015 with serial numbers between 1410 and 1503.
Consumer safety advocates are calling for further investigations into the safety of other pressure cooker products. William Wallace, senior policy analyst for the Consumers Union, explains: “Now that the maker of Instant Pot has announced a formal recall, more people should get the information they need about the problem and the specific steps they need to take to stay safe. At the same time, the company should investigate whether safety issues are limited to just the recalled products – and if there are other products affected, it should expand its recall and its warnings to consumers.”
Insta Pot Lawsuits
In August 2019, a Colorado family filed an Instant Pot lawsuit after an Insta Pot DUO60 V2 reportedly exploded, scalding their 9-year-old daughter’s face, causing third-degree burns. Sixteen percent of her body has been affected – including the face, shoulder, arm, chest, and torso – which may disfigure her for life. The girl is also suffering from anxiety regarding hot objects and appliances, her parents said.
During the alleged incident, the girl was helping her family make soup. Her mother manually vented the machine to add kale to the mixture when the entire Instant Pot exploded, causing the lid to rocket off and hot liquid to splash all over the ceiling, floor, and child. In their lawsuit, the family expresses concern that Instant Pot’s assertion that the appliance can be opened while still pressurized is simply untrue.
The attorney working on the case says Instant Pot has received multiple warnings that a design defect turns them into “ticking time bombs.”
In another Insta Pot lawsuit, a Texas mom who had used her pressure cooker for more than a year said she had just thrown a towel over the top of the lid to “control the moisture,” when the product suddenly shot soup up to the ceiling and all over her neck and arm, causing third-degree burns.
How to Prevent Fire from Insta Pot
In addition to ceasing the use of a recalled Instant Pot, consumer safety advocates also recommend:
- Be sure to use at least 1 cup total liquid when cooking high-starch foods like rice, beans, or potatoes.
- Follow tested Insta Pot recipes precisely, rather than experimenting with your own.
- Do not mix tomato paste or tomato sauce; simply place crushed tomatoes or other thick sauces on top.
- Add thickener like cornstarch, flour, arrowroot, or potato starch after the pressure cooking cycle is done.
- Add milk or cream after pressure cooking is done or in a small stainless steel pot within the cooker.
- Turn the Venting Knob to Seal Position and wait for the Floating Valve to pop up – every time you cook.
- Always check the fit of your sealing ring and ensure there are no tears or cracks in it.
- Never force open the lid before releasing the pressure.
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