This winter has been unseasonably cold. With multiple snow storms and freezing temperatures, the electric heating systems in many Pennsylvania homes may not be sufficiently heating the homes. Many homeowners may use space heaters to help heat their homes. Homeowners may pull out the one they used from last winter, or they may go out to buy a new one. If a homeowner uses an old space heater, they should check to see if the space heater has been recalled. If a homeowner buys a new space heater, it is a good idea to register the space heater so if there is a recall, the homeowner will get a notice and stop using it.
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Recent Space Heater Recall
Earlier this month, about 31,000 Duraflame electric space heaters were recalled. The heater can overheat and cause the unit to melt, catch fire and set fire to nearby objects. This obviously poses a dangerous fire and burn hazard to the consumers and their homes. *source:www.cpsc.gov
The space heaters were sold in three different colors: black, red and white. The Duraflame logo appears on the front of the unit. These space heaters are popular with many consumers because the heaters’ flame effect resembles a fireplace.
There have been 32 reports of heaters burning or melting, including 8 reports of the units catching fire. One of the reports resulted in minor property damage. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
The space heaters were sold at QVC, Ross and other retailers nationwide and online at maxtool.com between August 2013 and January 2014 for about $60.
Consumers’ Legal Rights To Recover Damages After Getting Injured By A Recalled Product
When a consumer product such as a space heater is recalled, it is generally because the product is defective in some way. See When Is A Product “Defective” In Pennsylvania?
If the product is defective and causes injuries, an injured consumer has a right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible parties. This is also known as a products liability claim, and an injured consumer may recover the following damages:
There also may be multiple parties responsible for the defective product, i.e., the manufacturer, the company that designed the product, and even the distributor.
Products liability cases are very complicated, and it is best to seek counsel from an experienced personal injury lawyer who has handled PA products liability or dangerous products cases.
Call the lawyers at White and Williams if you’ve been injured by a recalled or dangerous consumer product. Daniel J. O’Brien and his team have helped many consumers who have been injured by recalled dangerous products. Call today to schedule a FREE consultation. 877.944.8396