For families in Michigan and elsewhere, winter weather often means turning on the space heater or turning up the thermostat. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued recalls for several different types of space heaters and an electric thermostat. These five products have all malfunctioned in ways that can cause fires or burns to people trying to use them.
- Meijer Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters. These space heaters, sold at Meijer stores in Michigan and other states, may short-circuit, creating a fire hazard.
- Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze & Comfort Essentials Heaters. Any of these types of space heaters may overheat, which can lead to fires, smoke output, or burns to people who touch the unit.
- Lasko Portable Electric Heaters. A connection in the base of the heater may short-circuit, melting the housing and exposing the electrical components. This can cause electrocution or fires.
- Honeywell Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats. These thermostats can overheat or short out, causing them to become very hot and possibly burn anyone who touches them.
- GE Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters. A failure in the electrical system may start a fire.
Detailed descriptions of each of the recalled products and information about what to do if you have one of them is available at the CPSC’s website, cpsc.gov.
When we buy items for our homes, we feel reassured that these products will not cause serious injuries to us or our loved ones – and most of the time, we’re right. But when a manufacturer or seller offers a defective product for sale, its hidden defects can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, the experienced Southfield product liability attorneys at Lipton Law can help. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.