By Joe Messa
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates advise that Meijer, Inc. has recalled approximately 6,102 of its Touch Point brand oscillating forced air heaters because exposed and unshielded electrical components on the defective product can cause the heater to overheat and melt. This poses fire and electrical shock hazards to consumers.
In one case, the defective heater’s base burned, melting and damaging the carpet beneath it. The defective heaters are white, 12 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and 8 inches deep with model number HW-218 and date code 0811. They have two round control knobs and a red warning light on the top front, and a black on/off switch on the front base that controls the fan’s oscillation. Meijer stores sold the defective heaters from September 2011 through November 2011 for about $20. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to any Meijer store for a full refund.
Defective products can cause serious injuries that can be life-changing and require ongoing medical treatment for victims of those defects. Often, manufacturers of the defective products could have prevented the injury by using additional caution in the designing and manufacturing process of the product.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, deaths, injuries, and property damage from defective consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. Defective products monitored by CPSC include toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals that pose fire, burn, explosion and other risks and can lead to serious injuries or deaths.
The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving fires, burns, and explosions. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have been injured in a fire, burn, or explosion, or have endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877 MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More