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15 Million Surge Protectors Recalled Due to Fire Risk

When consumers purchase products for their use, they rightfully expect those products to be safe to use as intended and not present an unreasonable risk of injury. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and every year thousands of people are injured each year by poorly designed, manufactured, or marketed products. The types of products that can cause injury due to defects include seemingly innocuous items such as baby strollers to inherently dangerous power tools. When these injuries occur, victims may be able to recover for their losses by filing a products liability claim against the party or parties responsible for their injury. Not all injuries caused by consumer products are actionable, and a White Plains personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether you have a claim. 

Products liability claims fall into three basic categories:

  • Claims for defective manufacture: these types of claims arise when a product has been defectively manufactured and that defect makes the product dangerous
  • Claims for defective design: these claims may occur when a product has been defectively designed, meaning that it is inherently dangerous, even though it was correctly manufactured
  • Claims for defective marketing: also known as a claim for “failure to warn,” these claims arise when a party failed to give sufficient warnings or instructions as to how a particular product can or should be used.

If you have been injured by a defective product, the best way to maximize your chances of recovery is to retain the services of a White Plains personal injury lawyer. 

Injuries caused by consumer products should be reported to the manufacturer or the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). If a product is deemed to pose an unreasonable risk to consumers, the CPSC will recommend that the manufacturer initiate a recall, which allows consumers to return or swap out the defective product at no cost to them.

In a case of what appears to be defective manufacture, the CPSC has reported that about 15 million surge protectors have been recalled by the manufacturer due to posing a fire hazard. The product at issue is known as the APC SurgeArrest surge protector, and was manufactured by Schneider Electric IT Corp. prior to 2003. The products were sold at BestBuy, Circuit City, CompUSA, as well as other retailers between 1993 and 2002.

According to the company’s recall website, the surge protectors may overheat under abnormal electrical conditions, posing the risk of fire to both people and property. In order to determine whether they have a unit affected by the recall, consumers should refer to the bar code on the bottom of the surge protector. Based on the information on the bar code, consumers can determine the model number and year of manufacture, and then check the CPSC website to see if the model is included in the recall.

The APC surge protectors involved in the recall have already caused significant damage. Schneider Electric has received 700 reports of the product overheating and 55 claims of property damage. In addition, there have been 13 reports of injuries, including instances of burns caused by touching the overheating surge protectors and smoke inhalation.

The White Plains personal injury attorneys of Lynch Schwab, PLLC aggressively represent the rights of people injured by consumer products, and work hard to obtain the best outcome possible for each client we take.

Posted on October 28, 2013 in For Our Clients, Personal Injury