PA & NJ Dangerous Products Lawyer Talks About Recent Product Recalls –
Vacuums & Hair Dryer Recalls Due To Electric Shock
Last month, common household appliances were recalled due to the risk of electric shock. PA & NJ consumers should check whether they have these products in their homes.
Last week, about 142,000 Shark Powered Rotator Lift-Away vacuum cleaners were recalled in the U.S. due to risk of injury. The aluminum wand can disconnect from the vacuum cleaner’s handle and remain energized with electricity, posing a risk of electric shock to the consumer.
The recalled vacuums involve four models of Shark’s upright vacuum cleaners. They are purple or maroon in color and have a clear plastic middle section. The words “Shark” and “Rotator” are printed on the front of the vacuum. For the recalled model numbers, visit www.cpsc.gov.
There have been 62 consumer reports of incidents in which the wand disconnected from the handle. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
The vacuums were sold at popular retailers, i.e., Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Lowes, Target and other stores nationwide. They were also sold through television infomercials from August 2014 to March 2015.
The other household consumer item recall involved hair dryers. About 3,100 Sweet Heat Hair Dryers were recalled because they do not have an immersion protection service, which guards against electric shock or electrocution if the hair dryer is immersed in water.
The hair dryers are white and have the words “Sweet Heat” printed near the blower nozzle.
Fortunately, no injuries have been reported. The dryers were sold at ULTA Beauty, other beauty supply stores and hair salons nationwide from May 2013 to March 2015.
Consumers should stop using the hair dryers and contact the manufacturer to request a pre-paid mailing label to return the dryer for a full refund.
In both of the above recalls, the risk of injury to consumers is electric shock, which can result in serious or even fatal injuries.
If consumers are electrocuted by a vacuum or hair dryer, they have legal rights against the manufacturers. They may file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturers. These types of lawsuits are known as products liability lawsuits. If the products are defective, then injured consumers may financially recover from the manufacturers.
Many times, injured consumers may be intimidated or hesitant to file a lawsuit against a product manufacturer. After all, the consumer is only one person going up against a huge corporation. Injured consumers need to speak to an experienced dangerous products lawyer in PA and NJ to inquire about their legal rights.
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