We expect that the products we purchase in grocery stores are safe and do not expose us to serious injuries. However, this was not true for one unfortunate cook who suffered third-degree burns over 30% of his body in 2017 when a can of cooking spray exploded.
At Showard Law Firm, we fight to protect innocent consumers from dangerous and poorly designed products that cause injuries when used for their intended purposes. We have reviewed the facts of the 2017 cooking spray incident and believe that other people may be at risk.
How did the 2017 cooking spray and other explosions happen?
In the 2017 explosion, the injured party was using cooking spray in a can that was designed in 2011. It had vents that reduced the risk of explosion from pressure buildup inside the can. That design was initially used for products that relied on non-flammable propellants. However, it was later adapted for use with cooking sprays that included flammable butane or propane.
Allegations in a lawsuit that followed the 2017 event claimed that the can’s vents leaked flammable substances, which then caught fire and caused the can to explode. At least thirty additional lawsuits filed on behalf of other injured consumers– after the 2017 explosion– include similar allegations. Most of those lawsuits name the can designer, the cooking spray manufacturer, and the product’s distributor as defendants. Almost all of the lawsuits involve the popular PAM cooking spray or one of its generic alternatives.
How can a consumer determine if a cooking spray can is potentially dangerous?
ConAgra, Inc., which manufactures PAM, continues to claim that the cans are not dangerous when the product is used correctly. Nonetheless, it removed the potentially exploding can from production in early 2019. Those cans have an inverted or domed bottom with a U-shaped vent. The company never issued a recall, but consumers who are still using it should stop– and contact the company about a replacement.
However, if you used the product and suffered burns or other injuries from an explosion, contact a knowledgeable and experienced PAM cooking spray lawyer. We can help you file a lawsuit for your damages and to recover compensation for your hospital and medical bills—as well as other losses.
Call Showard Law Firm for a free consultation
At Showard Law Firm, we are now accepting clients who have been harmed by exploding cooking spray cans. We believe that the designer of these cans and the parties that sold them to unsuspecting consumers– should be held accountable. If this has happened to you, please call our Tucson office to schedule a free consultation. We have the expertise to recover the full amount of the compensation you deserve.