Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers Recalled for Burn Injury Hazard

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Sunbeam Products Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 600,000 Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing Systems for potential burn injury hazards. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, a build-up of steam in the water reservoir can force the brewing chamber open and expel hot coffee grounds and water, posing a burn hazard to consumers. So far, the company has received 164 repots of the brewing chamber opening and 59 reports of burn injuries to consumers’ face, upper torso and hands, in the United States and Canada.

The recalled coffeemakers, which were manufactured in China, were sold by retailers nationwide including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Lowe’s, JC Penney and Bed Bath & Beyond from September 2010 through August 2012. The coffeemakers were priced between $60 and $80. Consumers are asked to stop using these defective coffee brewers immediately and contact the manufacturer at (800) 993-8609 to receive instructions about obtaining a free replacement unit.

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1.3 Million GE Dishwashers Recalled for Fire Hazard

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General Electric has issued a defective product recall for 1.3 million dishwashers because of a potential fire hazard. According to Consumer Reports, the appliance recall includes 1.3 million GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint dishwashers. Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) say that an electrical failure in the heating element in these dishwashers can pose a fire hazard. This serious issue has led to 15 reports of heating element failure, seven reports of fires and three reports of extensive property damage.

These defective products were sold for $350 to $850 at appliance dealers and home improvement stores from March 2006 through August 2009. Anyone who has purchased a GE dishwasher during those years should check their serial number to determine if the appliance they own is included in this recall. Owners of these defective dishwashers are urged to immediately disconnect its power supply and to contact GE for a rebate toward a new dishwasher. More

Tassimo Coffeemakers Recalled for Potential Burn Hazard

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BSH Home Appliances has issued a defective product recall for nearly 2 million Tassimo coffeemakers because of potential burn hazards. According to Consumer Reports, the Tassimo Single-Cup Brewers from BSH Home Appliances can burst during brewing and spray hot water and coffee grounds or tea leaves on to consumers. So far, there have been 140 reports of cases where the Tassimo machines have caused serious burn injuries to consumers. In 37 of the incidents victims received second-degree burns. In one case, a 10-year-old Minnesota girl had to be hospitalized after suffering second-degree burns on her face and neck.

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Tankless Water Heaters Recalled due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risks

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Navien America Inc., an Irvine-based company, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has issued a defective product recall for about 13,000 tankless water heaters. According to a CPSC safety alert, an unstable connection can cause the water heater’s vent collar to separate or detach if pressure is applied. A detached vent collar poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer. So far, no incidents, injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of this product defect.

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Defective Product Recall Issued for Pressure Washers and Compressors

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DeVilbiss is issuing a defective product recall for about 620,000 pressure washers and 72,000 compressors after complaints of broken bones and injuries relating to the products. The company issued the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The defective pressure washers and air compressors have pneumatic tires with plastic hubs that can burst posing a fracture and laceration hazard to consumers. So far, DeVilbiss has received more than 100 injury reports including hand and finger fractures, cuts and reports of property damage.
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Wal-Mart Recalls Defective Product Over Fire Hazard Concerns

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Wal-Mart has issued a defective product recall for about 1.5 million Durabrand DVD players because of a potential fire hazard, according to a CNN news report. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Wal-Mart issued the recall after the retailer received 12 complaints of the DVD players overheating. In five of those cases, the overheating started a fire resulting in damaged property. No injuries have been reported as yet. The DVD players, imported from China, were sold at Wal-Mart stores from January 2006 through July 2009 for $29. The recalled DVD players come with a remote control and are silver with a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD. Consumers are asked to stop using these defective products right away and return them to Wal-Mart for a full refund.

I’m glad that Wal-Mart has recalled these dangerous and defective products that apparently cause fires. It’s indeed fortunate that no one has been injured so far due to these product defects.
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Family of Fatally Injured Tree Trimmer Files Product Liability Lawsuit

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The family of a tree trimmer who suffered fatal on-the-job injuries on-the-job injuries in Inglewood has filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the wood chipper that apparently caused the worker’s death, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rafael Jimenez’s family alleges in their lawsuit that Michigan-based Morbark knew for years that the safety features on its wood chippers were inadequate, but did nothing to prevent personal injuries and deaths that occurred as a result. Jimenez, a veteran tree trimmer in his 24th year on the job, was stuffing tree branches into a wood chipper April 2008 when his right hand became entangled in the branches. Jimenez was dragged into the blades of the machine that consumed almost his entire body.
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iPod Product Liability

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Apple iPod Touch Product Liability Lawsuit

Apple is facing a product liability lawsuit from the mother of a 15-year-old boy who said his 16 GB iPod Touch exploded in his pants pocket, resulting in severe burn injuries to his leg. According to a report in CNET, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. According to court filings, the boy apparently heard a loud popping sound and immediately felt a burning sensation in his leg. His iPod had exploded and caught fire in his pants pocket. The teenager immediately ran into a bathroom and removed his burning pants with help from a friend. The Apple iPod Touch had incinerated his pants pocket burning his leg.

The boy suffered second-degree burn injuries as a result of the explosion. His family is seeking in excess of $225,000 in compensatory and punitive damages on the teenager’s behalf. The CNET article states that mobile device explosions that cause injuries unfortunately occur quite commonly and in many cases occur because of defective batteries that were put in by the user. With the iPod Touch, the battery is not replaceable by the user and so must have been an original Apple battery that may have been defective. I’m sure the details of what went so terribly wrong with this particular product will unfold as the case progresses.
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Defective Electric Blowers Recalled

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The Toro Company is recalling about 900,000 defective Power Sweep electric blowers. According to this news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the blower’s impeller can break, causing pieces of plastic to fly out of the blower and seriously injure the user or anyone nearby. The blowers were apparently originally recalled in July 2007. Toro has received 162 reports of broken impellers including 28 reports of injuries resulting from the projected impeller pieces. This second recall is intended to inform consumers who did not learn of the first recall.

This product recall involves the Toro Power Sweep electric blower model 51586 that was manufactured between 2000 and 2002 in the United States. These defective products were sold by Toro dealers and various mass retailers nationwide including The Home Depot, Lowes, Target and
K-Mart for about $32. Consumers are asked to stop using these blowers immediately and contact Toro to receive a free replacement blower. For more information, consumers are asked to call Toro at
1-888-279-3191 or visit the company’s Web site at www.toro.com. The company has already notified its registered owners about this product recall.
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Defective Toasters Recalled by Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart has recalled 210,000 defective General Electric toasters after receiving 140 reports of fires and sparks. A Consumer Reports Safety Blog states that two models, a two slice and four slice unit, were included in the recall. According to a September 30, 2008 recall notice by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the toasters have also tripped the circuit breaker in a number of consumers’ homes. So far 140 fires have been reported as a result of these defective toasters.

The recalled toasters have a chrome steel body and a black plastic base and controls. The GE logo is located on the front of the toasters just above the controls. The model numbers included in the recall are 169115 and 169116. The model numbers can be found on the bottom of the toaster. These defective units were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide between September 2007 and July 2008 for between $17 and $28. Consumers are asked to stop using these recalled toasters immediately and return them to any Wal-Mart for a full refund or replacement toaster. Those who would like more information are asked to call Wal-Mart at 1-800-925-6278 or visit their Web site at www.walmartstores.com.
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