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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. On July 21, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recalls related to products that present fire hazards:

  1. American Outdoor Brands Recalls Caldwell Earmuffs with Rechargeable Lithium-Battery Packs Due to Fire and Burn Hazards. According to the CPSC, “[t]he soldering within the lithium-battery pack housing can allow the wiring to detach and cause the unit to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.”
  2. Rite Aid Recalls Rechargeable Handheld Fans Due to Fire Hazard. According to the CPSC, “[t]he fan’s lithium ion battery can overheat while charging, posing a fire hazard.”
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Rhode Island Changes Its Products Liability Law


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Rhode Island’s governor, Daniel McKee, signed 2021 R.I. HB 5867/2021 R.I. SB 736 into law on July 13, 2021. The enactment changes Rhode Island’s products liability law and impacts how courts treat a manufacturer’s or seller’s claim that it is not liable due to a subsequent alteration or modification of the product. Continue reading

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Real Flame Recalls Arroyo and Hideaway Wood Burning Fire Pits Due to Fire Hazard


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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. On July 15, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Real Flame Recalls Arroyo and Hideaway Wood Burning Fire Pits Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Crate and Barrel (Recall Alert).

According to the CPSC, “[w]ood stored under the unit can ignite, posing a fire hazard.”

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Echo EGi-2300 Watt Generators Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards


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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. On July 8, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

ECHO EGi-2300 Watt Generators Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Manufactured by TTI (Recall Alert).

According to the CPSC, “[t]he unit can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.”

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Cove Appliance Recalls Dishwashers


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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. On June 16, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Cove Appliance Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard.

According to the CPSC, “[t]he heating element in the dishwasher can fail to properly shut off and can overheat, posing a fire hazard.”

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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. On May 13, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recalls related to products that present fire hazards:

  1. BRP Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert). According to the CPSC, “[t]he snowmobile’s muffler can overheat and cause the upper right-hand vent grill to melt and drip plastic on the exhaust, posing a fire hazard . . . .”
  2. Polaris Recalls RZR Recreational Off-Road Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert). According to the CPSC, “[t]he vehicles were manufactured without copper seal washers on the turbocharger’s oil supply line, which can result in an oil leak, posing a fire hazard.”
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Kidde Recalls Trusense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms


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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. On May 6, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire-related risk:

Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire.

According to the CPSC, “[t]he smoke alarm and the combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarm can fail to alert consumers to a fire.”

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Scott Fetzer Consumer Brands Recalls Multi-Use Water Pumps


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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. On May 5, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Scott Fetzer Consumer Brands Recalls Multi-Use Water Pumps Due to Fire and Shock Hazards.

According to the CPSC, “[i]f water gets into the electrical circuit board, it can short circuit, posing fire, burn and electrical shock hazards.”

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Recalled Products Sold by PTAC Crew And PTAC UDA After Recalls Were Announced


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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. On April 28, 2021, the CPSC, PTAC Crew and PTAC USA warned consumers regarding units that PTAC Crew and PTAC USA refurbished and resold after they were previously recalled between 2004 and 2018. The recall relates to packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC), packaged terminal heat pump (PTHP) and room air conditioner (RAC) units. You can find the full details of the recall at the link below:

Recalled Products Sold by PTAC Crew and PTAC USA After Recalls Were Announced.

According to the CPSC, “[h]azards include fire and/or burn depending on the product.”

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Pool Heaters Recalled by Pentair Water Pool and Spa


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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. On April 28, 2021, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Pool Heaters Recalled by Pentair Water Pool and Spa Due to Fire Hazard.

According to the CPSC, “[a] connection in the heater can leak the combustible air-gas mixture, posing a fire hazard.”

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