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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Defective Products on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Faulty Pressure Cookers Highlight Need For Consumer Protection

As consumers, there is no way to get through our days and weeks without placing faith and trust in the products we use to help us live our lives. We place trust in our vehicles – cars, buses, trains, and more – to operate safely so we can work, shop, and do the things that matter to us. We place trust in our phones or other electronic devices to make us available for both responsibilities and loved ones, to help us navigate, bank, and any other number of functions. We place trust in the toys we give our children to be educational and fun while also keeping them safe. It’s impossible to avoid entering these exchanges with the companies that produce the items and tools we need – so it’s an egregious breach of that faith when a company takes advantage of that fact and their customers.

Unsurprisingly, the kitchen is one of the most common and most important places we rely on companies to support our efforts. We trust our appliances, cookware, and gadgets to help us feed ourselves and our families. It’s one of the most important places we require companies to be honest and reliable for two reasons. First, because how we keep ourselves fed is important. Second, because safety is paramount. We need our stoves and blenders to work reliably and safely – and the same is especially true of pressure cookers.

Pressure cookers are a growing trend, and for good reason. They are convenient, quick, and allow many people to feed their families nutritiously on a budget and save time doing so. As is the case with any electrical appliance, it’s important, however, that it can be operated safely – an expectation may fail to meet.

For those who may be unfamiliar, pressure cookers are useful tools that – when working properly – cook by sealing boiling contents inside and locking the steam in with it. The result is a quicker process, but also a greater liability should something go wrong.

Customers deserve to trust the companies that claim to serve them, but that trust is violated when it puts them so directly in harm’s way – the possibility of detonating a literal bomb of scalding contents around families and children simply trying to feed themselves is unthinkable. And yet, there are nearly 1,000  complaints from customers alleging their pressure cookers didn’t work reliably.

Kristensen LLP has extensive experience litigating product liability cases from automobiles and helicopters to household products like electric blankets, exploding tablets, and vape battery combustion. If you or a loved one has been injured by a pressure cooker, please reach out to our firm so we can seek justice on your behalf – and prevent others from suffering similarly.