Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“USPSC”) issued a recall of BlueStar wall ovens manufactured by Prizer Painter Stove Works due to safety concerns. According to the recall, some of the wall ovens were improperly installed and/or have damaged flexible gas appliance connectors, causing a potential fire hazard.
Although no injuries have yet been reported as a result of these defects, there has been at least one report of a fire resulting in property damage. If these products continue in use, it may only be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. The USPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the recalled ovens and contact the manufacturer for instructions to determine whether their unit has been affected and, if so, to schedule a repair.
Hurt By Dangerous Products in Maryland
Under Maryland law, a person that has been injured by a dangerous or defective product may be able to hold the manufacturer, designer, or retailer of that product liable for any resulting harm. The injured party could file a lawsuit commonly known as a product liability claim.
Defective products have been known to cause severe injuries such as burns, head, spine, and neck injuries, lacerations, and concussions, all of which can result in lengthy, and expensive, medical treatment. In addition, if the injury is severe enough, it can prevent the individual from going to work or performing daily activities.
There are three types of product defects from which such a claim can arise:
1. Manufacturing Defect. A manufacturing defect occurs during the manufacturing process and generally results in the defect being present in some of the products that are made. For instance, in the case of the BlueStar wall ovens, a problem with the manufacturing process caused some of them to have been made with damaged flexible gas appliance connectors.
2. Design Defect. A design defect occurs when a mistake in the design of the product causes all of the products manufactured to be defective. For example, if the BlueStar wall ovens were designed to be made with a type of material for the hose that couldn’t withstand the heat generated by the oven, that would be a design defect.
3. Warning Defect. A warning defect occurs when a manufacturer fails to advise uses of the product with regard to the potential hazards associated with the product. If, for example, the manufacturer of the BlueStar wall ovens failed to warn consumers that operating it for long periods of time posed a risk of overheating, that would be a warning defect.
Although the USPSC has taken steps to warn consumers of the problems with the BlueStar wall ovens, and it does not appear that any injuries has yet to result from its defect, at least one individual has already suffered some property damage and more harm might follow.
The qualified attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by defective products, including automobiles, consumer products, power tools, and aircraft. If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product, contact the attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC today.