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8 burn victims sue over exploding cans of Pam cooking

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Most all kitchens use spray or oil for cooking. Pam is a very common brand of cooking spray. A consumer survey in 2020 states over 44 million Americans used 2 or more containers in the past year.

Exploding cans of cooking spray can cause immediate—and horrific—injuries. These injuries are those that would typically come with a large fire or violent explosion, such as: First degree burns to exposed areas, such as the neck, hands, face and chest.

Video: https://www.today.com/food/lawsuit-alleges-cans-pam-cooking-spray-are-exploding-here-s-t153807

Houston worker says PAM cooking spray caused explosion that left him badly burned.

Why are they exploding?

Larger cans of Pam (10oz or bigger) and similar cooking sprays made by Conagra Brands have a faulty, U-shaped vent system in the bottom that makes them prone to explosion. Conagra says Pam and other cooking sprays have clear warning labels on the front and back telling consumers the product is flammable. In one case, a victim said the fire was so intense that it burned her contact lens onto her right eye, causing near-blindness. Vented cans are 10 ounces or larger, not the 6-ounce variety usually sold at groceries. The bigger cans may be found at warehouse stores like Costco as well as Walmart and Amazon. One of the lawsuits was filed by a cook who was using Sysco-brand cooking spray at a restaurant in Texas.

Chicago-based Conagra says the vent system was used on a “limited” number of cans but was eliminated during a product redesign earlier this year. The redesign was not related to the lawsuits and was part of an effort to standardize the company’s cans, Conagra said.

Carr and Carr will help

Carr and Carr Attorneys have helped many victims and families of victims across the nation. It is important that these families receive compensation for the death or injury and suffering they have gone through.

If you or a family member have been injured or killed due to the explosion of a kitchen cooking spray like Pam, contact the personal injury attorneys at Carr & Carr. We have offices located in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but we work with clients across America. 

Please call us at 1-866-510-0580 or email us today to see if we can be of service to you and help protect your rights.  We have helped many families who have been through traumatic personal situations involving their children and we might be able to help your family.

Also, remember time limits called “statute of limitations” are in effect for filing lawsuits.  The time limit and other regulations are different in each state, so talk with the personal injury attorneys at Carr & Carr as soon as possible to learn what options your family has.  If you want to preserve your legal rights, you must file appropriate lawsuits before the time limits expire.


Carr and Carr Attorneys have a team of over 40 professionals ready to take your call and help you if you were injured by Pam Cooking Spray. Our attorneys have been representing injured attorneys for almost 50 years.  

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