On September 19, 2013, approximately 14,000 Frigidaire Professional 5-speed blenders were recalled due to a laceration hazard to consumers. The blade shaft assembly can break during use and injure consumers. The affected blenders have model number FPJB56B7MS with a serial number between FFP 49 1203 0001 and FFP 49 1237 00974.
The blenders were sold at Best Buy, Target and other retail stores nationwide. They were also sold by online retailers, such as amazon.com from March 2012 through July 2013 for about $130. See picture on the left from www.cpsc.gov
Just earlier this month, we told you about a popular blender that was also recalled due to a potential laceration hazard. That recall involved high-performance Vitamix blenders. To see more information regarding this recall, click here: Popular Blender Recalled For Causing Potential Laceration Hand Injuries To Consumers
Pursuant to Pennsylvania law, a product can be defective for three reasons:
These recently recalled blenders may be poorly designed and/or poorly manufactured.
A design defect occurs when the product has some design flaw that makes it dangerous for the consumers while using it. In other words, when consumers use the product as they are instructed and intended, the product is still dangerous because there is a design flaw. Therefore, the recalled blenders may be poorly designed, which caused the blade shaft assemblies to break.
A manufacturing defect occurs when a product contains some flaw from the manufacturing process. Even if the product was well designed, something happens at the manufacturing level that makes the product unsafe and dangerous.
Let’s say there are 2 production assembly lines to make a product. Products that come from assembly line #1 contain no defect, but products that come from assembly line #2 may contain a defect due to a malfunction in the assembly line or machine.
Therefore, the blenders in the above recalls may have a manufacturing defect rather than a design defect. Perhaps an assembly line was not calibrated correctly; therefore, the blade shaft assemblies were flawed and can break easily.
In order to prove a product is dangerous or defective in a personal injury lawsuit can be complicated. These cases are called products liability cases.
If there is a design defect in a product, examination of documents, such as design plans and drawings is necessary. If there is a manufacturing defect, inspection of the machine or machines in the production line is necessary. Therefore, it is important to consult with a dangerous products injury lawyer after getting hurt by a consumer product.
The personal injury lawyers at White and Williams are experienced in handling dangerous product injury cases. Dan O’Brien and his team offer FREE CONSULTATIONS. Call 877.944.8396 to explore your legal options.