With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the appeal of using a pressure cooker is clear. Pressure cookers such as the Power Pressure Cooker XL, manufactured by Tristar Products, advertise the appliance as a “one-button kitchen miracle that lets you prepare perfectly cooked, mouthwatering meals for your entire family – 70% faster than conventional ovens!” Less time preparing food in the kitchen means more time to spend with your family.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is an “As Seen on TV” product and is available for purchase both online and in major retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Although the Power Pressure Cooker XL claims the benefits of faster, healthier meals, adding this product to your kitchen arsenal may bring an intolerable risk of burns and injuries to yourself and your family members as other consumers have unfortunately come to learn.
Since 2014 the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported numerous incidents of the Power Pressure Cooker XL exploding, leading to severe burns, permanent scarring, and disfigurement. These cases all share the similar narrative of the user properly opening the pressure release valve as instructed, the lid blowing off unexpectedly, and the boiling contents of the pressure cooker blasted onto the user's arms, legs, and body. The results are gruesome, painful, and expensive in all regards.
These reports are not isolated incidents and indicate a clear failure of Tristar's attempted safeguards.
When weighing the costs and benefits of using any pressure cooker to prepare a meal for your next holiday gathering, exercise great caution as the extra 20 minutes saved in the kitchen may not be worth the damages that last for a lifetime.