Electric Blanket Defect Lawsuits & Product Recalls
Cincinnati product liability lawyer and Ohio recall attorney review electric blanket defect lawsuits and burn injury for plaintiffs nationwide
Defective consumer products are frequently recalled by safety agencies and manufacturers, but often the recall comes too late, and only after accidents and injuries occur. In recent years, electric blankets have been targeted by product liability lawyers who claim electric blanket defect accidents have led to home fires, burn injury, electrocution and wrongful death.
In most cases, electric blankets linked to fires and electrocution and burn injury are old, worn, or damaged. Manufacturers, however, have failed to properly warn consumers of such safety risks, and may be held liable when accidents do occur. There have been a number of electric blanket models recalled in recent years for problems with loose casings, exposed wires and fire and overheating risks. Recent blanket recalls include:
- Supervalu and Centra recall the Daewoo branded single and double-sized electric blankets due to a fire safety risk. The company stated a manufacturing defect may cause the blanket to spark or catch fire.
- Rural King recalled 9,600 electric heated blankets and throws in February 2018 because the blankets’ and throws’ electric cord can overheat and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards. Two reports involved fires and a burn injury to a customer.
- Shop LC recalled 1,650 electric heated micro plush flannel sherpa throw blankets due to heating coils overheating and posing fire and burn hazards.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati recall lawyer and Ohio burn injury attorney investigating claims of defective products and filing electric blanket defect lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.
Electric Blanket Defect Lawsuits
Electric blankets are designed with an electric heating unit inside each blanket. The electric controls of the blanket are located on a coiled power cord. Electric blankets are meant to be laid flat on a bed, though some manufacturers fail to warn that using electric blankets while folded or bunched up can cause a wire short, and the blanket may overheat and catch fire.
Several older models of electric blankets, and some newer defective products are not equipped with fire prevention safety controls, and are sold without proper warnings. Many electric blankets do not have an automatic shutoff when it reaches a certain temperature or amount of time.
When some blankets remain on the “high” temperature setting, they have the potential to overheat and cause a fire. Design defects and cheap wiring also pose safety risks.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective home consumer product, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding electric blanket defect lawsuits.