Texas residents who purchased a pressure cooker in the last few years may wish to check its manufacturer and serial number. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that almost a million Sunbeam Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Multi-Cookers are being recalled because their lids can detach while in use. The recall was ordered after more than 100 consumers complained to the Florida-based home appliance maker after suffering first to third-degree burn injuries. The Crock-Pots bear the model number SCCPPC600-V1 and serial numbers ranging from K196JN to K365JN and L001JN to L273JN.
On sale since 2017
The Crock-Pots covered by the recall have been on sale since in 2017 at leading retailers including Walmart, Target and Amazon for between $70 and $100. They can sauté and both slow and pressure cook food. When used as pressure cookers, consumers must close the lid completely and lock it into place. If they do not, the lid can fly off due to the pressure that accumulates during the cooking process. When this happens, hot liquid and food are ejected. Sunbeam says that it will replace the defective units for no charge.
Sunbeam is already facing litigation over the defective Crock-Pots. One of the lawsuits against the company was filed in December 2020 by a Tennessee woman who suffered first, second and third-degree burns. The lawsuit accuses Sunbeam of selling a defective product that failed to adequately design, develop and test.
Holding negligent manufacturers to account
Manufacturers accused of making defective and dangerous products often claim that consumers failed to read instruction books or used products for purposes they were not designed for. When pursuing civil remedies on behalf of injured consumers, personal injury attorneys with experience in this area could use recalls like this one to refute these arguments and show that a product is dangerous when used as intended.