A 36-year-old mother is covered in scars after being severely burned by her defective Aldi pressure cooker, which literally blew up in her face. According to a report in The Daily Mail, the woman who lives in Sydney, Australia, suffered major burn injuries to her neck, arms and back after the lid of the $60 appliance flew off while she was making chicken soup.
The lid barely missed her 2-year-old son who had been running through the kitchen with his friend. After rushing into the shower, the woman drove herself to the hospital where she spent the next four hours recovering in agony, according to the report. The woman said she had been using the cooker every week for three years before the incident occurred.
However, she was unaware that the pressure cooker had been recalled in August 2017 because of a faulty lid locking mechanism. The recall notice warned consumers that they could be scalded if the pressure cooker was defective. While the supermarket chain advertised this recall in stores and online, the woman said more should have been done to alert shoppers especially those like the elderly who don’t use the Internet.
The victim was reportedly told by Aldi that they would give her a refund, but that it was her responsibility to check the website for recalls. The woman said the incident also took a toll on her son emotionally. Six other people suffered second- and third-degree burn injuries from the pressure, according to a report by the consumer group, Choice. Four of those incidents occurred after the recall was issued.
This article raises the question of the responsibility manufacturers of defective products have when it comes to publicizing their recall. A number of studies over the years have shown that manufacturers don’t put nearly the same amount of time, money and resources to publicize a recall as they do when they try to sell the product. Under the law, product manufacturers have a responsibility to not only make products that are safe for consumers but are also required to inform consumers promptly when their products have safety defects that could cause injury or harm.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a dangerous or defective product, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced product defect attorney who will fight to hold the negligent manufacturer accountable and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.