Could your can of cooking spray explode? Lawsuit says yes.
Eight people say they were injured by spray cans
Eight people say cans of cooking spray they were using at home exploded and severly injured them. Now they’re suing the maker of “Pam,” Conagra.
The lawsuits were filed today in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago. The plaintiffs say the cans are defective, and dangerous when used close to sources of heat– like stoves and grills.
The lawsuit also says Conagra failed to tell people about the danger.
Conagra denies the charge and says millions of people use the cooking spray every day and, when used properly, it’s safe.
The plaintiffs are:
Maria Mariano, whose canister of Wellsley Farms Cooking Spray on a counter near the stove in her Staten Island, New York, home, exploded as she was boiling water on April 5.
Raveen Sugantharaj, who was burned by an exploding can of Pam Cooking Spray in his Indianapolis home on March 6.
Paytene Pivonka and Jacob Dalton, whose Pam Cooking Spray on a wall shelf above the stove where they were cooking in their Provo, Utah, home exploded and burned them on Nov. 6.
Andrea Bearden and Brandon Banks, who were burned in their Mount Carmel, Illinois, home, on May 19 when the can of Pam Cooking Spray on a counter beside their stove exploded.
Reveriano Duran, a cook at of the Berryhill Baja Grill in Houston, who on July 16, 2017, moved a canister of Sysco Cooking Spray from the left side of a shelf near the grill top to the right side and then was burned when it exploded.
Y’Tesia Taylor, who was burned and blinded in one eye on July 15, 2017, when a canister of Pam Cooking Spray, which she’d just used to spray a baking dish with and then placed on a rolling wooden utility cart next to the stove where she was cooking, exploded as she finished putting the dish in the oven in her Greenville, Texas, home.
Conagra says all cans carry clear instructions that they should not be left on a stove or near a heat source, sprayed near an open flame or stored above 120°F.”
The design of the cans that exploded has reportedly been discontinued. New cans are being “designed and manufactured so that when the can buckled and the u-shaped vents on the bottom of the canister opened, the internal contents of the canister would escape through the vents and the pressure inside the can would be reduced,” the lawsuits allege.
J. Craig Smith of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, which represents the victims, claims that in 2011, after decades, Conagra switched to a new kind of aerosol can. The lawsuit argues that the design makes the can more likely to explode at lower temperatures.
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