Dangerous Winter Products
Winter weather is fast approaching in many areas of the country, which means people will be pulling out their portable heaters, lighting fireplaces, pulling out snowblowers and thinking about those outdoor activity items that are so much fun in the snow. What many consumers do not know, however, is that some of the products they intend to use for the upcoming cold weather may actually be dangerous winter products. Here are 12 dangerous winter products that have been recalled due to safety hazards.
Dyson has recalled over 400,000 bladeless portable electric heaters in the United States and Canada due to an electrical short that can cause the heater to overheat and catch fire. In addition, Sunbeam has recalled almost 152,000 Holmes Ceramic Heaters due to their fire hazard. Other dangerous winter products that have been recalled because of fire hazard are the Vornado Air Electric Space Heater and the Goodman Company Air Conditional and Heating Unit. The Vornado heater can overheat, melt and ignite nearby items while the Goodman Company unit has cords that can overheat and catch fire. White-Rodgers has recalled heating and cooling thermostats as the alkaline batteries used in the devices can leak into the circuit board, presenting a fire hazard.
Some brands of fireplaces also have been listed as dangerous winter products. The Hussong Manufacturing and American Flame Company have recalled three gas fireplaces due to an explosion hazard. The main control module in the units can allow gas to be released in the burner area, causing an explosion risk. Wolf Steel has recalled Napoleon Gas Fireplaces due to laceration hazards in approximately 3,000 units throughout the United States and Canada. Pressure from the ignition of the propane gas can cause the glass front of the fireplace to break.
Outdoor Dangerous Winter Products
Ariens has recalled snow throwers and power brushes due to the risk of amputation. The drive pulley can crack during use and cause the auger/impeller brush to continue rotating after the clutch has been disengaged. All Power America has also recalled about 10,000 units due to a fire hazard. According to the company, exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods while the product was tested overseas caused corrosion of the carburetor needle, which can pose a fire hazard. Even leisure items are not immune from recalls as the K2 Kwicker and Kicker BC snowboard and bindings were recalled by K2 Sports. The bindings can release unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard.
Have You Been Injured by a Dangerous Winter Product?
If you or a loved one has suffered injury from any of these or other dangerous winter products, contact Attorney Group today. Attorney Group can evaluate your case and refer you to one of our affiliated attorneys with no out-of-pocket cost to you. If we feel you have a claim, you could be eligible for a monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.