CPSC Recalls Tabletop Torches Due To Fire And Burn Injury Risks

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has partnered with retailer, Big Lots, in the voluntary recall of approximately 30,000 tabletop torches. The recall is being conducted due to the serious risk of consumers who use the oil-based lamps suffering a Defective Product Injury.

According to a CPSC Press Release, the units were sold at BigLots locations nationwide from March – June 2013. The company issued the recall after receiving reports of consumers suffering serious fire and burn injuries when using the product. Liquid fuel placed in the unit is capable of flaring and bursting into flame, seriously injuring those nearby.

So far, 20 incidents of consumers suffering burns associated with the product have been reported. Two of the victims are said to have suffered second- and third-degree burns, while seven others suffered less severe burns.

Those in possession of the affected units should halt their use immediately and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain the law requires manufacturers and retailers to ensure the safety of any product they bring to market. Failure to do so can result in claims of negligence in the event of an accident. The firm suggests anyone who has been hurt by a malfunctioning product discuss their legal options for compensation with a qualified attorney immediately.