More and more, we are seeing property damage caused by water, fire, and explosions as a direct result of a defective product. Many firms litigate but few actually litigate a product liability matter to completion. This is why we are trying to work with you to bundle these files to increase the settlement value and decrease your operational costs associated with adjusting each claim.
Identify these losses in the early stages of the claim
Regardless if mass action is or isn’t an option for you, it is vitally important to identify these losses in the early stages of the claim. Our Early Involvement Team can assist you in this identification and will keep you informed of potentially defective products as we manage the subrogation side of the claim from start to finish. You can learn more about early involvement here.
Product recalls and defects
Recently, we have effectively litigated product liability matters involving residential and commercial appliances, gas explosions, cellulose insulation, and sprinkler, plumbing and other water losses. Therefore, we believe we should inform you of the following Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls:
Per the CPSC, an electrical component in the refrigerator can short circuit, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves the Haier models HA10TG31 with 10.1 cubic foot capacity. They measure about five feet high and two feet wide. The Haier logo is affixed on the refrigerator door.
Per the CPSC, the water heater’s flame arrestor can fail to work properly, posing a fire hazard. This recall includes A. O. Smith 30-gallon natural gas water heaters with model number G6-UT3030NV and serial numbers with the first four digits of 1805 through 1809. A. O. Smith, the model number and the serial number are printed on the data plate located next to the gas water heater’s control valve/thermostat.
Per the CPSC, the safety cutoff can fail to function allowing the heater to rapidly overheat, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves model SF14TA Smart Thermaflo Bathroom Heater Fans with nightlight manufactured in 2015 and 2016. “Seabreeze International Corporation,” SF14TA and date code are on a label on the bottom or side of the fan.
Per the CPSC, the recalled propane gas does not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion and thermal burn hazards. This recall involves under-odorized propane (LP) gas delivered to consumers for use in storage tanks or sold at retail locations in portable refillable cylinders.
Per the CPSC, the dehumidifier can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards to consumers. Learn about our plan that has led to a timely resolution of Gree files.