Malfunctioning lid led to burns. CPSC ordered recall of unit.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton-based “Sunbeam Corporation” is facing a new lawsuit after a woman says she was critically burned by one of the company’s Crockpots. According to the suit, Shallena Spillman of Lebanon, Tennessee, “suffered serious and substantial burn injuries as the direct and proximate result of the Pressure Cooker’s lid being able to be rotated and opened while the Pressure Cooker was still under pressure, during the normal, directed use of the Pressure Cooker, allowing its scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the Pressure Cooker and onto Plaintiff.”
Sunbeam was just ordered by the Consumer Products Safety Commission to recall more than 900,000 pressure cookers after receiving 119 reports of similar issues. The crockpot is model SCCPPC 600-V1 and is known as the “Crock-Pot Express Crock Multicooker.”
According to the suit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court:
“Defendant Sunbeam failed to exercise reasonable care in designing, developing, manufacturing, inspecting, testing, packaging, selling, labeling, marketing, and promoting its Pressure Cookers, which were defective and presented an unreasonable risk of harm to consumers, such as Plaintiff.”
“As a result, the subject Pressure Cookers, including Plaintiff’s Pressure Cooker, contain defects in their design which render them unreasonably dangerous to consumers, such as the Plaintiff, when used as intended or as reasonably foreseeable to Defendant Sunbeam. The defect in the design allows consumers such as Plaintiff to open the lid while the unit remains pressurized, despite the appearance that all the pressure has been released from the unit. and causes an unreasonable increased risk of injury including, but not limited to, first, second and third-degree scald burns.”
The suit is filed by Minnesota attorney Lisa Gorshe. Read the entire filling, below. If you are reading in a news app, click here for access to the complete document.
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