Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls

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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control.  Recently, the CPSC announced the following recalls related to products that present fire hazards:

  1. Paradise Grills Recalls Outdoor Kitchens Due to Fire and Burn Hazards. According to the CPSC’s website, “[l]iquid propane (LP) gas can accumulate inside the closed lid and cabinets, causing an explosion when the user relights the grill, posing fire and burn hazards to the user.”
  2. Textron Specialized Vehicles Recalls E-Z-GO PTVs Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert). According to the CPSC’s website, “[t]he electronic board that powers the USB port can overheat and ignite adjacent components, posing a fire hazard.”
  3. BRP Recalls Side-By-Side Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert). According to the CPSC’s website, “[t]he recalled vehicles can have a defective fuel hose assembly which could lead to a fuel leak, posing a fire hazard.”
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