Pressure Cooker Deaths Per Year & Other Statistics

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On this page, we’ll review the amount of pressure cooker deaths per year experts have estimated (and other statistics), how pressure cookers explode, what to do if your pressure cooker exploded, how to file a pressure cooker explosion lawsuit, and more.

An Overview of Pressure Cooker Explosions

Despite their popularity, Instant Pot pressure cookers and other pressure cookers may be prone to exploding.

An exploding pressure cooker can cause severe burns, lacerations, traumatic brain injury, and other serious injuries.

A pressure cooker explosion can also cause significant property damage.

According to the National Fire Protection Association’s report on Home Cooking Fires, fire departments across the U.S. responded to an annual average of 172,900 cases of home structure fires that started due to cooking activities.

Civilian injuries averaged 4,820 per-year, and civilian deaths averaged 550. Property damages related to house fires started in the kitchen costed homeowners over $1 billion.

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How Many People Have Died Because of Pressure Cooker Explosions? Pressure Cooker Deaths Per Year

Some online resources claim that thousands of people have died due to pressure cooker injuries and explosions.

No official reports from governmental agencies about exploding pressure cookers are currently available.

Despite this, kitchen appliances are a leading cause of house fires, serious injuries, and even death.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated the following figures for home fire-related injuries and fatalities in the United States:

  • Every 93 seconds, someone reports a home structure fire.
  • Every 47 minutes, a home fire-related injury occurs.
  • Every 3 hours and eight minutes, someone dies because of a home fire.

Whether or not a pressure cooker exploded in gathering this data, the risk of fire-related injuries and death remains concerning.

Survivors may be eligible to file a pressure cooker injury lawsuit to compensate for their damages.

How Can a Pressure Cooker Explode?

How Can a Pressure Cooker Explode?

Modern pressure cookers and Instant Pots have advanced safety features and valves that control pressure levels.

Some also have digital displays that should ideally monitor the pressure levels.

However, manufacturers might have made lapses in judgment when making their products.

Miscalculations during the manufacturing process are extremely dangerous, especially for consumer products.

Electric displays could fail, leading to uncontrolled pressure in these slow cookers.

The heat and steam could gather beyond capacity, causing the pressure cooker’s lid to pop off and hurt someone.

Contents inside an exploding pressure cooker could also fly off.

Put simply, the pressure inside the defective device builds up and could cause the pressure cooker to explode.

While it may seem unlikely for a high-tech, modern appliance to be faulty, many consumers have reported defects in their products with many victims filing lawsuits for their severe injuries.

Common causes of pressure cooker explosions include:

  • Faulty gaskets
  • Improper lid seals and/or locks
  • Improper ventilation
  • Faulty release valves
  • Faulty wiring
  • Digital indication malfunction
  • Other manufacturing defects

What Are the Potential Injuries When Your Pressure Cooker Explodes?

What Are the Potential Injuries When Your Pressure Cooker Explodes?

Users face several risks of serious injuries when using faulty pressure cookers.

Injuries include physical and mental damage, both of which will require proper treatments.

When your appliance explodes, you and the people around you could be in life-threatening situations.

Based on existing pressure cooker lawsuits, common injuries associated with the appliance include the following.

Burn Injuries

Severe burn injuries are common casualties associated with faulty pressure cookers.

Scalding hot contents of these cookers could spray onto nearby people, causing severe burns.

Substantial burn injuries can require expensive and painful medical treatment, depending on the severity.

Eye Injuries

Hot food or liquid that blows in someone’s face after their pressure cooker explodes could cause severe eye injuries.

One famous case involved world boxing legend, Guillermo Rigondeaux.

In March 2022, he lost 80% of his vision after surviving a freak accident involving his pressure cooker.

He has since recovered.


Untreated burn injuries could lead to infections.

It is important to seek medical treatment and proper management as soon as you survive any type of accident.

Leaving a wound alone without proper treatment could let infection set in and cause permanent scarring, disfigurement, and even amputation.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Survivors of pressure cooker explosions can develop psychological trauma that leads to emotional distress.

If you have PTSD because a lid blew, or it just forced open due to factory defects, you may be discouraged from entering your kitchen and cooking food in the future.

Debilitating Injuries

Instant Pots that explode due to high pressure could leave you with open wounds, lacerations, and broken bones.

These debilitating injuries can change your life.

They could prevent you from enjoying hobbies or even going about your regular everyday routine.

What Medical Treatments are Common After an Instant Pot Explosion?

What Medical Treatments are Common After an Instant Pot Explosion?

Even if your pressure cooker was closed properly and fully locked before cooking, factory defects could put you at risk of injuries associated with Instant Pot explosions.

Surviving them could subject you to different medical treatments and procedures.

Here is an overview of what you can expect after a pressure cooker incident.

Skin Grafts

Pressure cooker explosions could severely burn your skin.

Skin grafts are medical treatments that involve doctors taking healthy skin from another part of your body and then transferring it to the affected area.

Skin could also come from a donor.

Physical Therapy

Some injuries that you sustain from a pressure cooker explosion may require physical therapy such as stretching and strengthening exercises.

These exercises help to restore motion, improve strength, and promote healing in the affected area.

Mental Therapy

Emotional trauma is one effect of pressure cooker incidents.

This condition would require mental therapy, which usually involves therapists helping you develop healthy coping mechanisms following the incident.

One example approach is cognitive behavioral therapy.

Laser Therapy

People who survive severe burns after a pressure cooker explosion could live with scars on their skin.

Those who are affected may lose self-confidence, affecting their mental health.

Laser therapy would be necessary to help reverse the scarring.


Some cases are so severe that they may require amputation.

Although they are extremely rare, they exist.

In one study covering burns and amputations, eight cases involved high-voltage electrical injuries.

Instant Pots are electrical appliances that carry the risk of such incidents.

What To Do if Your Electric Pressure Cookers Exploded

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled several pressure cookers including models from:

  • Sunbeam Products;
  • Instant Brands;
  • And others

Consumers also reported explosions from Tristar Products.

If you have any of these appliances in your kitchen, and they exploded when you used them, you must follow some important steps.

Keep your priorities in check, so you can proceed with a pressure cooker lawsuit.

What To Do if Your Electric Pressure Cookers Exploded

Seek Medical Attention

Your health must be your top priority when you survive a pressure cooker explosion.

You could be severely burned or suffer lacerations from the blast.

Getting medical attention immediately can help prevent serious injuries from exacerbating, which would likely inflate your medical bills.

Expect your doctor to give you specific orders to mitigate your condition.

As long as you follow your healthcare professional’s advice, you should recover smoothly while your loved ones or personal injury lawyer works behind the scenes of your case.

Retain Evidence

Keeping as much evidence of your blast injuries as possible will help you build your case against the pressure cooker manufacturers.

You can take photos of your injuries or even submit clips from your home camera if you managed to capture the explosion.

You may also record your house to see how much damage it incurred after a pressure cooker exploded.

It may also have led to a house fire, which may have made the local news.

That way, you can cite articles for your damages.

Contact a Law Firm With a Pressure Cooker Explosion Attorney

Finding an attorney with experience in navigating pressure cooker explosion lawsuits is important.

You want to secure your success in this special case, which a regular personal injury attorney might not be fully equipped to handle.

Pressure cooker explosion cases involve big-name brands and manufacturers.

These companies have legal teams on their side.

You deserve to have a fighting chance when seeking compensation for the damages that their products have caused.

Filing Pressure Cooker Lawsuits: What to Know

Filing Pressure Cooker Lawsuits: What to Know

There are no official figures of pressure cooker deaths that determine how many people die from these freak accidents annually.

Still, these faulty cookers come with the risk of severe injuries and death.

One way to approximate the dangers of defective pressure cookers is to look at the statistics surrounding home fires that start with cooking activities.

Based on statistics, the annual figure for these fatalities is 550 civilians, while reported injuries are 4,820.

The number of people filing lawsuits against pressure cooker manufacturers also reveals how serious the problem is.

Consider contacting TorHoerman Law for a free case consultation.

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Whether you fill out our form or call us, we can help you assess your eligibility for pressure cooker lawsuits and determine your next steps.

We operate on a contingency fee basis. Trust our legal experts to have your back in this sensitive time.

The civil litigation process requires extreme attention to detail and can be overwhelming for someone who does not possess extensive legal knowledge.

A defective pressure cooker lawyer will need to be able to prove the liability of the manufacturer for any injuries that you have suffered.

Additionally, you will be obligated to show proof of mitigation, meaning that you have made a concerted effort to treat your injuries.

It is imperative to file your claim as soon as possible.

If you wait too long, the statute of limitations may expire, and your claim will become void.

Mitigate Injuries

If have been a victim of a pressure cooker explosion, see your doctor as soon as possible to receive the care necessary and see if surgery or immediate care will be needed.

It’s important to treat any injury related to a pressure cooker explosion as early as possible.

Make sure to follow orders from medical professionals and do everything in your power to mitigate future economic impacts related to your injury.

Hire A Defective Pressure Cooker Injury Lawyer

After getting the proper medical treatment, contact a TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your best legal options with an experienced attorney from our firm.

Hiring a personal injury attorney is an important first step.

Be sure to seek representation from an attorney who is experienced, well-resourced, and dedicated to your case.

An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to guide you along the legal process and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for the losses that you have suffered.

Defective Pressure Cooker Lawsuits: What Are The Potential Damages?

If you have suffered any sort of injury related to a defective pressure cooker, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.

Damages refer to the total amount of losses, economic and non-economic, incurred as a result of an accident or injury.

TorHoerman Law’s defective pressure cooker attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve.

Potential damages that can be recovered include:

  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement that comes with serious burns
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and future wages
  • Emotional damages
  • Permanent disability
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages

TorHoerman Law: Your Pressure Cooker Lawyers

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or severe burns after your pressure cooker exploded, you may be eligible to file a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit against the manufacturer.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case consultation.

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TorHoerman Law has a team of experienced product liability attorneys ready to serve you.

To date, our firm has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements for our clients.

We operate on a contingency fee basis, so we are always committed to getting the best results possible for our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is A Pressure Cooker?

    Pressure Cookers, also commonly known as “instant pots”, are airtight cooking devices that use a sealed chamber to trap steam heat to quickly cook food.

    By trapping the heat from boiling water in a pot with a sealed lid, high pressure steam is produced and permits cooking temperatures to reach as high as 266° F (130° C).

    With these higher temperatures, pressure cookers significantly can shorten cooking times – often between half and a quarter the time for conventional boiling.

    Since there is no evaporation, pressure cookers are also known to extract flavor more efficiently from foods with minimal to no loss of nutrient content.

  • What Causes Pressure Cookers To Explode?

    Excess of steam pressure inside a pressure cooker is normally dissipated with a release valve that both maintains enough pressure inside but discards the excess.

    When a valve becomes clogged with debris, such as food or dust, the way for excess steam pressure to be released is blocked.

    Inadequate venting can cause either the pressure cooker to explode from extreme internal pressure or explode from sudden pressure release upon opening the lid.

    Main causes of Pressure Cooker Explosions include:

    • Faulty Gaskets
    • Improper Lid Seals And/Or Locks
    • Improper Ventilation
    • Faulty Release Valve
    • Faulty Wiring
    • Digital Indication Malfunction
    • Other manufacturing defects

    Safety features such as safety locks and other design choices can reduce the risk for pressure cooker explosions.

  • Which Brands Of Pressure Cookers Have Been Recalled?

    As defects are being reported by consumers, the following brands are being recalled by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission:

  • What Pressure Cookers Have Been Named In Lawsuits?

    Several pressure cookers have been named in lawsuits that allege serious injuries from explosions and other defects.

    Particular models name in Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuits include, but are not limited to:

    • Tristar
      • Power Pressure Cooker XL
      • YBD60-100
      • PPC770
      • PPC780
      • PPC780P
      • PC-TRI6
      • PCXL-PRO6
      • PC-PRO8
    • Instant Brands
      • Instant Pot -LUX Electric Pressure Cooker
      • Instant Pot 6-Quart DUO Electric Pressure Cooker
    • SharkNinja
      • Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker
    • Sunbeam Products, Inc.
      • 600-V1 model Crock-Pot Multicooker
    • Wolfgang Puck
      • 8-Quart Rapid Pressure Cooker (BPCRM800)
    • Several other pressure cookers

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