When victims are harmed by a defective or dangerous product, products liability law can step in to help. Craftsman recently recalled approximately 74,000 of their popular blower vacuums due to fire dangers. There have been a total of seven reports of the blowers catching fire. One injury has been reported as a result of the danger caused by the product. Two different model numbers have been recalled. According to the recall, consumers who own the dangerous product should immediately discontinue its use and contact the company for a full refund for the purchase of the product. The product was sold at several retailers from January 2013 to October 2015.
Unfortunately, at times, popular consumer products can be defective or dangerous and can cause harm to victims. Depending on the nature and severity of injuries and harm suffered, the victim can face damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, among other types of damages depending on the circumstances. Because of the need to keep consumers safe from dangerous and defective products, the legal process provides options to help protect victims when harmed.
According to products liability law, all parties that are part of the chain of distribution of a product may face liability when a victim is injured by a dangerous or defective product. Parties including the manufacturer or the product, wholesaler of the product, distributor of the product and the retailer of the product may all be liable to compensate the victim for damages associated with a dangerous or defective product they manufactured, distributed or sold.
When a victim is harmed by a defective of dangerous product it can be serious and unexpected. Victims of dangerous or defective products should be familiar with the legal options and resources available to help them recover compensation for their damages to better focus on recovering from the harm they have suffered.
Source: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, “The Craftsman Brand Recalls Blower/Vacs Due to Fire and Burn Hazards,” Accessed Dec. 18, 2015