It can be easy for Nashville residents to forget that some of the products in their homes are in fact quite dangerous. Although used every day, appliances that rely on electricity or gas can, should they contain a defect, pose substantial risks to those who use them. Because of this, it is important that consumers remain vigilant about news regarding product defects and recalls.
A recall has been initiated after 29 Vornado electric space heaters have overheated and melted. There is currently no indication that anyone suffered burn injuries, but there have been reports regarding smoke inhalation and property damage caused by soot and smoke. No details have been offered regarding what type of design or manufacturing defect led these products to overheat.
Approximately 79,000 units are affected by this recall. The heaters were sold at a number of national retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Menards, Home Depot, Orchard Supply and Target. The heaters were also sold online via Amazon.com and Vornado’s website.
Consumers in possession of these recalled products are being asked to turn off the space heaters immediately and disconnect them from their power sources. Those who contact Vornado will receive instructions on how to receive free replacement units.
Physical injuries and property damage can easily result from defective electrical products. Those who believe they have suffered an injury due to using dangerous products may want to consult with an attorney. This can help these consumers determine whether they have a viable civil claim against a negligent manufacturer.
Source: cpsc.gov, “Vornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards,” Aug. 14, 2014