Exploding Cooking Spray Cans Burned Consumers, Suits Say

Law360 (May 8, 2019, 7:39 PM EDT) -- Cans of PAM cooking spray spontaneously blew up, causing kitchen fires and leaving users with severe, painful burns, victims claim in six lawsuits filed against Conagra Brands Inc. in Illinois state court on Tuesday. 

Eight burn victims blame an allegedly defective design of Chicago-based Conagra’s cooking spray cans for the explosions, citing u-shaped vents on the domed bottom of the canisters designed to open when the cans buckle to release pressure. The cans released not just cooking oil but highly flammable materials like butane and propane, according to the complaints.

All eight plaintiffs, who filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court, say...

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