When the weather outside is frightful, space heaters and electric blankets can make a home seem more delightful –unless that electric blanket or space heater is defectively designed or made. A faulty electric blanket or space heater can cause property damage, serious injuries and even lead to fatalities.
If you have sustained an injury, or lost a loved one due to a defective space heater or dangerous electric blanket, you are entitled to reimbursement for you harms and losses. These product liability claims help injured victims seek reimbursement for their loss, as well as protect others in the community from undergoing similar tragedies.
NOTE: If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to a dangerous space heater or electric blanket, do NOT get rid of the product. Regardless of whether the blanket or heater is badly burnt or damaged, it is crucial you save the product for inspection.
Defective Space Heaters
Homeowners, renters and even workers may use space heaters to warm up specific spaces like bedrooms, living rooms and offices. Several different models of space heaters running on a variety of energy sources are available. Some of the most common are:
- Electric space heaters
- Gas space heaters
- Propane space heaters
- Kerosene space heaters
- Halogen bulb space heaters
- Water or steam space heaters
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 22 percent of all home fires are linked to wood burning stoves, kerosene heaters, gas space heaters and electrical heaters. In addition to the danger of fire, some space heaters also pose carbon monoxide dangers.
Recalls of space heaters aren’t unusual. The Consumer Product Safety Commission tracks recalls of space heaters and some of the most common reasons that the manufacturer pulls them from the market are due to overheating, detachment of power cords, and carbon monoxide leak dangers.
Defective Electric Blankets
An electric blanket that is improperly made or defectively designed can start fires or inflict thermal burns. Heating coils wrapped in insulated wire warm the blanket. However, the Consumer Product Safety Administration has been involved in a number of electric blanket recalls for a variety of problems such as:
- Loose connections in the blanket that increase the risk of a short circuit and fire
- Plug connections that detach and lead the blanket to overheat
- Heating elements that overheat when the blanket is folded
- Temperature controllers that don’t work correctly
Illinois Product Liability Lawyer
If you have been injured or lost a loved one as the result of a defective space heater or electric blanket, remember to keep the product. Insurance companies will try to deny valid claims if the product is lost or destroyed.
Our defective product lawyers offer FREE product liability consultations to injury victims. Our aggressive and compassionate injury lawyers are recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Life-Time Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Our intake specialists are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling toll-free 855-402-7274.