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Potential Dangers of Oscillating Fan Heaters & Space Heaters|PA Injury Lawyer


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1/21/2014
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I read a report today that Kenmore oscillating fan heaters were recently recalled due to fire and burn hazards.  Apparently, the heaters can overheat, catch fire and start a fire in the consumer’s home.  This news report reminded me of my own experience with a defective ceramic oscillating heater several years ago.

Oscillating fan heaters and ceramic heaters can be very dangerous if they are defective.  Some heaters have adjustable thermostats which can be set to shut off when the temperature in the room reaches the temperature set on the thermostat.  From personal experience, I once owned an oscillating heater with an adjustable/shut off thermostat that was broken or defective.  Several years ago, I put an oscillating heater that I purchased at a local Philadelphia hardware store in my bedroom before I went to bed.  On that particular night, I woke up drenched in sweat and could hardly breathe because it was so dry and hot in my bedroom.  I then noticed that the heater was still on.  Before going to bed, I set the thermostat to 72 degrees.  The heater was supposed to shut off once the temperature in the room reached 72 degrees.  On that night, it didn’t.  I saw that the thermostat on the heater read 80 degrees.  I immediately turned off the heater.  For some reason, the heater did not automatically shut off like it was supposed to.

I couldn’t help but think at the time what could have happened if someone had put the fan in a baby’s bedroom. The baby would not have been able to get up from his crib to shut off the fan.  What if the fan overheated and started a fire? 

Design Defect or Manufacturing Defect?

If I didn’t wake up and the heater started a fire, I may have been seriously burned as a result.  In that case, I may have had a dangerous products claim against the manufacturer of the heater to recover for my damages, i.e., my injuries, any lost property due to the fire and pain and suffering.

A thorough investigation would have needed to be conducted to see how the heater was defective, i.e., whether it was because of the design or because of the manufacturing process.  Therefore, the heater would have needed to be inspected by experts.  The designs and even the assembly line may have needed to be inspected to determine how and why the heater was defective.

Read a testimonial of a client who was injured by a dangerous defective chair and how the case settled favorably.

Related dangerous products case result: Products Liability Case Settles Favorably For A Client Injured By A Defective Blender

Help After Getting Injured By A Defective Heater

If you were injured by a defective or recalled heater or other consumer product, feel free to call the lawyers at White and Williams to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential case. 877.944.8396



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