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Fire Litigation: Dangerous Household Products

by Travis Headley on 01/22/2014

According to the United States Fire Administration, each year fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Fires taking place in residences are the deadliest fires that occur, according to the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Data Center. Products liability can involve consumer products that are designed and distributed to the public that have a design defect, manufacturing defect, or other dangerous aspect that can cause physical injury or property damage.

According to Consumer Reports, more than 15 million appliance units have been recalled in the past five years for defects that could cause a fire, with 1,942 incidents reported. Additionally, the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) found that from 2002 to 2009, more than 69,000 fires listed a household appliance as the primary cause

The manufacturers and distributors of defective products that are sued by consumers are often shielded by the courts from having to publicly produce information related to the safety of their products. And if a lawsuit is settled, the agreements are likely confidential.

Our firm has investigated and/or been involved with defective household products liability cases including:

  • Household appliances including dishwashers, dryers, and microwaves
  • Improperly wired exercise equipment
  • Swimming pool pumps and drains
  • Defective lawnmowers and other landscaping equipment
  • Improper foam padding used in furniture leading to house fires
  • House fires caused by defective electronics
  • Gas fireplaces
  • Malfunctioning smoke detectors
  • Automotive defects including tires, roofs, and seat belts
  • Space heaters

Fire Attorney Investigation: Cause and Origin

One of the primary goals of a house fire investigation is to find the cause and origin of the fire. A team of fire safety experts will investigate the fire damage, interview eyewitnesses, analyze the fire debris, and other technical investigative techniques.

Large companies often place product sales and profits above consumer safety. Many serious injuries in our homes could be avoided if the manufacturers and distributors focused on ensuring consumer safety. Watts Guerra LLP will represent you and your family in a products liability lawsuit against the responsible parties.

Tags: Fire Litigation, Defective Consumer Products

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