In recent years, an increasing number of plaintiffs have been filing products liability lawsuits regarding exploding pressure cookers. One such case is Sergui Tchernykh et al v. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and Tri-Star Products Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-22364, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division.
In October of 2014, Lili Bekteva and Serg Tchernykh suffered severe burns when their Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded in their kitchen. The married couple alleges that Tchernykh suffered severe burns as he tried to open the pressure cooker, which exploded. The hot contents of the pressure cooker severely burned Tchernykh. He sustained second-degree burns on his arms, extending from his elbows to his fingertips. His wife added that Tchernykh’s leg also had burns. Bekteva also suffered injuries — a burn and swelling on her head — though not as serious as those sustained by her husband.
There has been a resurgence of interest in the pressure cooker, which had been unpopular for decades. It has caught the attention of couples who are trying to reduce the time it takes to prepare home-cooked meals, and there has been a promotion of new models on several television infomercials. The pressure cooker is also available in stores. The couple purchased their unit at Bed Bath & Beyond.
The couple filed a lawsuit against Bed Bath & Beyond, and Tristar Power, alleging that the units are unsafe and dangerous. They would like the pressure cookers to be off the market before they cause injuries to anyone else. Although Tristar marketed its unit with several safety features, such as a safety check which was intended to prevent the unit from being opened too soon, they failed to keep it from exploding.
Furthermore, as reported by CBS4, two additional grievances were filed with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) concerning the Tristar unit. There have also been issues with pressure cookers manufactured by other companies.
If you were injured by a defective product, call the products liability attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers.