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Portable Heater Recall Lawyers

Space heaters and related equipment- whether stationary or portable - caused more than 1/3 of residential heating fires and more than four of five (81%) home heating fire-related fatalities from 2007-2011. Half of all such residential, heating fires occurred in the months of December, January and February during that time period. Often times there are numerous product defects associated with these various heaters, and it is very important to remind consumers of some recently, recalled units by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission ("CPSC"). 

Over 350,000 Optimus Portable Electric Heaters were recalled in May of 2013. They are sold at retail as "Portable Infrared Radiant Quartz" Space Heaters. The product defect associated with these units involves the heater's failure to prevent ignition of nearby combustibles that can come into contact with the heater, thereby posing an obvious fire and burn injury hazard to consumers.

Next, approximately 105,000 Home Depot Soleil (Portable Fan Heaters) units were recalled in late July of 2013 due to associated defects with the portable fans' plastic housing -which can melt, combust and subsequently catch fire during use, thereby posing an obvious fire and burn injury hazard to consumers. Home Depot received 464 reports of issues in the field, inclusive of the fans melting.

In May of 2013, Family Dollar Stores issued a product recall of nearly 20,000 of its Optimus Tower Quartz Heater units due to their propensity to overheat, thereby posing a fire hazard. Family Dollar Stores had received ten (10) such reports of overheating-related product failures, inclusive of melting.

In July of 2013, Masterbuilt Manufacturing recalled nearly 11,000 units of its Electric Smokers in part because the wood chip tray had failed to slide into the smoker, thereby causing the wood chips to combust and the unit's cabinet door to blow open, thereby posing an obvious fire and burn injury hazard. The manufacturer received 6 (six) reports from the field of fires occurring in the unit causing the door to blow open.

On May 10, 2013, Meijer recalled over 4,500 units of its Touch Point Baseboard Heaters due to overheating-related issues. Meijer had previously received multiple reports from the field of overheating incidents, inclusive of a residential fire occurrence.

Finally, in April of 2013, Manchester Tank & Equipment Company recalled approximately 7,500 of its Propane Cylinders due to associated fuel leakage from thread connections between the valve and cylinder, thereby posing a burn and fire hazard if exposed to an ignition source.
Portable heaters are dangerous products. If you or a loved one have suffered burn or smoke inhalation injuries resulting from a defective product, care should be taken to hire a law firm with extensive knowledge in handling fire-related matters and litigation.

Attorney David Shoop is a member of the National Fire Protection Association ("NFPA") research group and he has prepared numerous presentations and lectures on NFPA 921 standards application for lawyers, fire cause and origin analysis as well as evidence preservation. For catastrophic burn injury matters, it is of critical importance to retain a law firm that has significant experience litigating fire cases and has a proven track record of success to maximize your recovery.

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