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Tristar Emeril Lagasse Overheating Air Fryers Florida, New Jersey Class Action

The issue in this class action is what the complaint terms “dangerously defective air fryers” sold by Tristar Products, Inc. The Emeril Lagasse Power Airfryer 360 models, including the 360, 360 XL, Deluxe, and Plus models, the complaint claims, “can overheat, catch fire, or smoke, causing damage to nearby kitchen components and posing a serious risk of personal injury to consumers.

Two classes have been defined for this action:

  • The Florida Class is all persons in Florida who bought a Tristar-manufactured air fryer from an authorized retailer.
  • The New Jersey Class is all persons in New Jersey who bought a Tristar-manufactured air fryer from an authorized retailer.

Tristar is a direct marketer that sells consumer goods, including many kitchen items, that claims to have more than a billion dollars in retail sales. It sells a number of appliances under Emeril Lagasse’s name, advertising that consumers can “[b]ring the expertise of award-winning chef Emeril Lagasse to your home cooking. Chef Emeril’s collection of kitchen cookware and appliances is designed to exceed your expectations, making it easier to put quality, taste, and other people before everything else.”

What is wrong with the air fryers? According to the complaint, “during ordinary and routine operation, the Air Fryers become overheated due to improper circulation of air and fail to prevent drippings from coming into contact with the heating elements due to poor drip tray design…”

This problem is made worse “by the lack of an adequate, operational safety mechanism that would make the Air Fryers cycle or shut off and prevent overheating. As a result, the heating elements can overheat, catch fire, or smoke, causing damage to nearby kitchen components and posing a serious risk of personal injury to consumers.”

According to the complaint, “the Air Fryers that are the subject of this litigation can reach dangerously high temperatures of up to 537ºC (1000ºF), which is several hundred degrees higher than the original air fryer technology.”

The complaint alleges that Tristar has long known about this defect, but it has said nothing to consumers and has continued to sell the air fryers. It has also not recalled them.

The complaint makes another allegation: “Unfortunately, the fact that a Tristar product is defective is not new. In fact, Tristar products have been subject to at least three different product recalls, including for safety reasons.” Still, the company has continued to sell the “dangerously defective Air Fryers.”

The causes of action include breaches of warranties, breach of contract, negligence, and violations of state consumer protection laws, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Tristar Emeril Lagasse Overheating Air Fryers Florida, New Jersey Complaint

November 5, 2021

The issue in this class action is what the complaint terms “dangerously defective air fryers” sold by Tristar Products, Inc. The Emeril Lagasse Power Airfryer 360 models, including the 360, 360 XL, Deluxe, and Plus models, the complaint claims, “can overheat, catch fire, or smoke, causing damage to nearby kitchen components and posing a serious risk of personal injury to consumers.

Tristar Emeril Lagasse Overheating Air Fryers Florida, New Jersey Complaint

Case Event History

Tristar Emeril Lagasse Overheating Air Fryers Florida, New Jersey Complaint

November 5, 2021

The issue in this class action is what the complaint terms “dangerously defective air fryers” sold by Tristar Products, Inc. The Emeril Lagasse Power Airfryer 360 models, including the 360, 360 XL, Deluxe, and Plus models, the complaint claims, “can overheat, catch fire, or smoke, causing damage to nearby kitchen components and posing a serious risk of personal injury to consumers.

Tristar Emeril Lagasse Overheating Air Fryers Florida, New Jersey Complaint
Tags: Air Fryer, Defective Home Appliance, Defective Product