The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is calling for a recall of 350,000 defective electric space heaters due to a deadly defect that causes the units to overheat and catch fire. After news that a 90-year-old man lost his life in a 2017 house fire resulting from one of the defective Vornado Air space heaters, the commission is fast tracking the recall and attempting to get the products off the shelves – and out of consumers homes – as quickly as possible.
So far, the CPSC has received 19 reports of Vornado Air VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters catching on fire and/or overheating. While the first recall was in April of this year, news of the fatality surfaced only recently. As a result, Vornado Air is complying with the CPSC’s recall in hopes of limiting risks to consumers.
The recall includes approximately 350,000 Vornado Air VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters, which are sold in several different colors (all are included in the recall). To identify whether or not a space heater you own is included in the recall, simply look for the model information (VH101) on the bottom of the unit. The space heaters are fairly small (no taller than 10 inches) and are sold at stores like Target, Home Depot, Bed, Bath & Beyond, as well as online at Amazon.com and through other retailers. The units sell for approximately $30.
Although Vornado Air is offering customers a full financial refund as well as the option of getting a replacement electric heater, it is advisable to exercise caution. It can take months – sometimes even years – before government and consumer watchdog agencies know the full range of consequences associated with defective products.
If you own a recalled model, immediately discontinue use. If you decide against returning the defective unit, please dispose of the defective one in a safe manner so that your loved ones – as well as your home and physical belongings – are not at risk for injuries or damages.
Product manufacturers are responsible for adhering to federal and state guidelines as well as numerous safety standards; manufacturers that deviate from these are sometimes liable for the damages that individuals sustain. If you or a loved one was injured or experienced property damages because of unsafe conditions created by a defective Vornado Air electric heater unit (or any other unsafe or defective product), please contact a representative at our firm who can help answer your questions and begin to guide you through the legal process.
If you sustained injuries because of a defective or dangerous product, please contact the Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger. With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.