Company fined over defective fans
Lasko, a West Chester manufacturer of fans and space heaters, has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle allegations that it did not promptly tell regulators about defective products (fans) that overheated. According to the article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) criticized Lasko for waiting several years before reporting problems consumers experienced with fans overheating, smoking, melting, catching fire, and, in some cases, burning users or their homes.
In 2002 Lasko began receiving complaints about portable box and floor fans but did not fully report them to the CPSC until September 2005. Those models were discontinued because of a faulty motor.
According to the CPSC, such incidents, once reported to a company’s upper management, must be reported within 10 days. Lasko agreed to the settlement, but denied that it knowingly violated the law.
In February 2006, the company recalled 5.6 million fans—19 models in all — that had been sold between 2000 and 2004.
Lasko, a privately owned company since 1906, received 42 reports of problems, including accounts of nine injuries due to defective products. Some fires resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage.
As a consumer, you have the right to assume that products you purchase or use have been produced in a manner that would ensure that they are safe and free from unreasonable risks. If a company manufactures a product that is hazardous to the user, the company must be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that occurred due to the faulty product.
If you have a defective product claim, you will require the representation of a Philadelphia Pennsylvania products liability attorney from Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP to handle all of the complexities involved with this type of case. There are many steps to a product liability case, beginning with proving that the product was in fact defective, next proving the product was the cause of the injury, and finally proving that the product was not used unreasonably. Please contact our firm today to discuss your case with an experienced legal professional.