The product liability attorneys at Farah & Farah in Gainesville have learned that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of nearly 15 million surge protectors that may pose fire and injury hazards.
The commission has received 700 complaints concerning APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors. The CPSC says that the surge protectors can overheat, causing them to smoke and melt, which poses a fire hazard.
There have been 55 claims of property damage from fire and smoke. In one instance, a faulty APC surge protector allegedly was to blame for a house fire that caused $916,000 in damages. Another fire allegedly linked to a defective surge protector caused $715,000 in damages to a medical facility.
Along with property damage, there have been 13 reports of injuries allegedly linked to the defective surge protectors. The injuries range from smoke inhalation to contact burns from touching the overheated products.
The CPSC urges consumers to stop using the recalled surge protectors immediately, unplug them and contact Scheider Electric IT Corp of West Kingston, R.I. for a free replacement product.
The products were manufactured in China and the Philippines and were sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002. The prices ranged from $13 to $50.
It is a manufacturer’s legal duty to assure that the products they manufacture, sell and distribute are safe for the public. Sometimes in the rush for profit, safety concerns are given short shrift. That’s why Farah & Farah believes manufacturers, distributors and retailers should be held accountable for their actions if the products they sell and distribute cause injury and property damage.
If your property has been damaged or if a defective product has injured you, you should be informed about your legal rights and options. Contact Farah & Farah online or call us at (800) 533-3555 for a free, no obligation review of your case.