We are seeing an increase in property damage caused by water and fire as a direct result of a defective product. As a property adjuster, you are familiar with losses caused by defective products. Therefore, 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.
Our product liability lawyers have experience litigating cases involving hundreds of different products, including industrial machinery, automobiles, and common residential and commercial appliances such as dehumidifiers, sump pumps, space heaters, fire compression systems, and more. Recently, we have litigated product liability matters involving residential and commercial appliances, gas explosions, cellulose insulation, and sprinkler, plumbing and other water losses.
Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released the following product recalls:
Per the CPSC, the circuit board inside the vacuum’s battery pack can overheat and smoke, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves BISSELL Cordless Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuum models 2551, 2551W, and 25519. “BISSELL” is printed on the foot of the product. The model numbers are visible when the clean water tank is removed. BISSELL has received 66 reports of the vacuum smoking and emitting a burning odor; including five reports of the battery pack catching on fire, three of which resulted in minor property damage and one resulting in a burn injury.
Per the CPSC, the washing machines can short-circuit and overheat, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves several models of Samsung’s top-load washers with super-speed wash. The washers were sold in white, black, champagne, and ivory colors and included model series WA49B, WA50B, WA51A, WA52A, WA54A, and WA55A. The model and serial numbers are found on the washer’s label attached to the inside of the top lid. An additional label is located on the rear of the washer. Samsung has received 51 reports of smoking, melting, overheating, or fire involving the washers; 10 of which resulted in property damage. Three consumers have reported injuries due to smoke inhalation.
Distinguishing a solid file for recovery can be complicated. When a defective product causes a loss, the manufacturer of the product, the wholesaler, and the distributor may be liable. To know under what circumstance these parties can be held liable is equally demanding. When files such as these arrive and you are wondering who is responsible for the damages the product caused, contact us. We will help you identify claims with subrogation potential, propose a plan to identify the responsible third party and work toward recovery. Contact one of our product liability subrogation lawyers to schedule a consultation and allow Keis George to redefine what it means to recover your money faster.