Consumers in West Virginia and throughout the rest of the country face a certain amount of risks every single day. However, some risks that are faced are unnecessary. For example, when a manufacturer designs and sells a product that is faulty or defective in one way or another, consumers may be at risk of serious injury or worse. This may be the case with one potentially dangerous household product that has recently been recalled.
For many residents here in West Virginia, a morning cup of Joe is the norm. Due to the fact that life is busy, many people have turned to the Keurig Mini Plus coffee brewer to brew quality coffee in a fraction of the time and to limit wasting an entire pot of coffee since these machines only brew a single cup at a time. Unfortunately, a recent recall by Keurig suggests that the coffee machines are a dangerous household product and could harm to anyone using them.
Over 200,000 wall mounts that were sold by Costco have been recalled. Apparently, these wall mounts are now considered a dangerous household product by many West Virginia residents and others across the country. This is because of a defect in the television wall mounts that prevents the units from functioning properly.
The scary thing about today's world is that there are so many products recalled. In many cases, most of the items recalled seem like ordinary products that would normally not pose any threat to consumers. While tree-cutting shears could cause injury when used inappropriately, they are not generally considered a dangerous household product. Unfortunately, that recently changed here in West Virginia and across the country.
Most of our West Virginia readers likely have quite a few appliances in their home that help make their lives easier. Whether we're talking about something as basic as a stove or an automatic cappuccino machine, it is expected that these products work properly when we plug them in. However, for our readers who have an Air Innovation humidifier in their home, it may be beneficial to know that it has recently been touted as a dangerous household product.
West Virginia residents may be interested in a recent products liability case involving popular step ladders for the home. Cinmar, a company that produces step ladders, will be paying $3.1 million to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Reportedly, the company knew there were defects in some of their ladders. However, they failed to report the dangerous household product, which, by law, they are required to do immediately.
Gree, an appliance manufacturer, has sent out yet another recall of one of its lines of dehumidifiers, which may affect West Virginia residents. This particular type of dehumidifier can now be considered a dangerous household product. This recall is due to the humidifiers risk of overheating. This can lead to excessive smoke coming from the products, which can ultimately catch on fire.
Product liability is essentially a tort action that makes a manufacturer civilly liable for damages if the product has a defective condition making it unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer. The injured victim will generally make a claim to the manufacturer through an attorney. In that early phase, the West Virginia personal injury attorney will deal with the manufacturer's insurance carrier and provide to it all of the necessary factual and medical information. This includes a full description of what happened and a description of the dangerousness of the defective product.
West Virginia consumers may need to know about the recall of the "Circo-brand Chloe and Conner Sitting Stools" sold by Target stores. This dangerous household product could cause injury to children who use it. Consumers that own the affected product are asked to stop using it immediately.
Under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Act the federal government has the power to require the recall of unreasonably hazardous products for the purpose of having them repaired, replaced or the price refunded. See 15 U.S.C. Sec. 2064 (c)-(f). Aside from such consumer protections, a manufacturer or seller is strictly liable under state and federal law, including West Virginia law, to compensate those end users suffering injuries from such a defective product. The rule of strict liability in general says that one who sells a product in a defective condition that is unreasonably dangerous to the intended consumer, is strictly liable for personal injury caused to that consumer.