A mum has shared a serious warning after she was injured and her son was traumatised after their Aldi pressure cooker “exploded” in their kitchen.
Giovanna Simonetti, from Sydney, spoke to 7NEWS.com.au saying that she was preparing chicken stock in her Crofton 2017 Aldi pressure cooker.
Her young son and his friend were in the kitchen with her when they heard a loud noise.
“I was hit by a flying hot lid and was burning covered in boiling water,” the mum recalled.
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“We were all shaking in panic.”
The mum endured the brunt of the boiling water, while her son miraculously escaped injury. However, Ms Simonetti said that her son was “traumatised” by the incident, saying that he doesn’t want to leave his mum’s side.
“He can’t see me cooking or he screams that I’ll get hurt if I do that. He keeps describing the explosion and boiling water going everywhere and hurting me.”
Ms Simonetti had a cold shower straight after the incident, then went to their local hospital for treatment. She sustained burns on her head, face, neck, shoulder, back and arm.
“I now have to go to the doctor to check on my burns every two days,” she said.
“It will take a while to get things back to normal.”
The Crofton Chef’s Collection 6L Pressure Cooker by H&H Asia was sold in Aldi stores from 28 June, 2017 until 21 July 2017. In August the same year, the product was recalled due to a defective lid locking mechanism and a scalding risk.
Despite the recall being advertised in store, on social media and on the Aldi website, Ms Simonetti expressed concern that many people may still not know about this. She said that she didn’t want the same thing to happen to others.
Didn’t Know About The Recall
The mum said she was a regular Aldi shopper but had never noticed any signs about the recall.
“I was also sent notifications about their products through their app but they never notified me of this recall.”
A CHOICE report stated that:
“Six people have sustained serious injuries after the pressure cookers they bought from Aldi Australia “exploded”, spraying them with liquids pressurised to reach temperatures above 100ºC and allegedly causing burns to their face, eyes, upper body, arms and torso.”
According to CHOICE, “there were 6602 pressure cookers that had not yet been returned to Aldi Australia as of 10 November (2017), according to the most recent data provided by the ACCC.”
An Aldi Australia spokesperson spoke to 7NEWS.com.au saying:
“ALDI strictly complies with all ACCC requirements regarding recalls and in this case, due diligence has been given to ensure that customers were made aware of the product’s fault.”
This is so concerning. Do you have an Aldi pressure cooker or any other pressure cooker? Tell us in the comments below.