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A Connecticut woman recently filed a new pressure cooker lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She claims that while using the Cosori Premium 6-Quart Pressure Cooker, she suffered from significant injuries.

She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Pressure Cooker Exploded Despite Supposed Safety Mechanisms

The Cosori pressure cooker is made by the Arovast Corporation, d/b/a Cosori Corporation in California. The company designs, manufactures, markets, imports, distributes, and sells consumer kitchen products, including the subject pressure cooker.

Cosori, like many other pressure cooker manufacturers, touts its pressure cookers as “easy, simple, fast, and safe” and boasts that each unit comes equipped with ten safety mechanisms. These safety features include, among other things, “Lid Lock Safety,” which is supposed to ensure that the lid will stay locked until the float valve drops down.

The plaintiff claims that these safety features do not work as advertised and that the pressure cooker she used suffers from serious and dangerous defects.

On August 31, 2019, she was using the cooker—a gift from her mother—to prepare a meal for herself and/or her family. She was able to rotate and open the lid while the pressure cooker was still under pressure. As a result, the scalding hot contents exploded out onto her.

As a result, she has suffered from serious bodily injuries, medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, diminished enjoyment of life, and other damages.

Plaintiff Provides Evidence that the Cooker is Defective

The plaintiff provides evidence that the manufacturer continually advertised its product as being safe, even though it allegedly was not.

She refers to the owner’s manual, in which Cosori claims that the cooker’s display will show the message “Lid” if the lid is not closed properly and the “Unlock” symbol will flash red when the lid is not properly secured to the housing. The lid will stay locked until the float valve drops down, the manual further reads, misleading users into thinking that the device will not explode and burn them.

The plaintiff also refers to the company’s YouTube channel, on which it touts that its cookers are easy, simple, fast, and safe, and that the devices include Lid Lock Safety and Lid Position Monitor.

Many Pressure Cookers Linked with Reports of Malfunctions

This is one of many pressure cooker lawsuits filed in courts across the country. Other brands of cookers including Crock-Pot, Instant Pot, Ninja, Breville, and more are associated with reports of the lid coming off while the cookers were still under pressure, allowing the scalding hot contents to burn anyone standing nearby.

Crock-Pot recalled nearly one million of its 6-quart Express Multi-Cookers on November 24, 2020, but most of the rest of the devices remain on the market.

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