Each year, defective products are the cause of thousands of serious injuries. Oftentimes they are the cause of death for both children and adults alike. Many products are recalled each year because they pose a threat of burn related injuries due to fires caused by product defects.
When a person is injured by a dangerous product, he or she may have a products liability action against the seller or manufacturer of the product. Although you may have a claim because you actually bought the product and were injured, you may also have a claim if you were an innocent bystander and were injured, or if you borrowed the product from a friend, used it, and were injured. A products liability claim can be brought against the manufacturer of the product as well as the supplier, distributor or retailer of the product.
Manufacturers and sellers of dangerous goods can be sued for negligence under various circumstances, including:
The seller and manufacturer can also be sued for strict products liability. Here, proof of negligence isn't necessary. So long as it can be shown that the product was defective and unreasonably dangerous, you may be able to recover.
- failure to inspect or test the product before placing it on the market
creating a flaw in the product
failing to discover a flaw in a product
failure to discover that the product could be dangerous
- failure to warn or adequately warn of a risk or hazard associated with the product
Read examples below of defective products can cause fires and burns: Value City,
Schottenstein Stores Has Recalled Dried Flower Candles - 1/24/02
Value City and Schottenstein stores have recalled about 6,400 botanical candles, which contain dried flowers. When burned, the dried flowers in the candle can catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Neiman Marcus Group Has Recalled Pine Tree Candles - 1/2/02
The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. has recalled about 620 Pine Tree Candles. The candles can collapse, causing the flame and hot wax to spread and posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Ceraflame Recalls Ceramic Tea Kettles - 11/27/01
Ceraflame Inc. recalled about 3,000 ceramic tea kettles. The tea kettles can break or burst during use, spilling hot water, which poses the risk of burn injuries to consumers.
Space Heaters Recalled by Canadian Firm - 5/9/01
Vermont Castings, Majestic Products (VCMP) is recalling about 3,900 space heaters. Overheating inside the space heaters can cause the exterior to become extremely hot, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Fires Prompt Candleholder Recall - 12/13/00
ATICO International USA Inc. recalled about 530 candleholders. The plastic marshmallow can ignite when it is used with a burning candle, presenting a fire and burn hazard.
BRK Recalls 600,000 First Alert Fire Extinguishers - 9/27/00
BRK Brands Inc. voluntarily recalled about 600,000 First Alert® household fire extinguishers. The extinguishers can fail to discharge when the trigger is activated failing to put out a fire, which puts consumers at risk of fire-related injuries.