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Popular Horror Plot Line Meets Reality: When Appliances Act on Their Own

At least 23 percent of apartment and home fires are attributed to faulty appliances. If you've had a fire because of an appliance, a products liability attorney may be able to help.
May 26, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The thought of a home or apartment fire is scary enough, but what if it truly starts through no fault of your own? Imagine a quiet home with the occupants sleeping safely. No candles are lit, no fire is burning, no appliances are on. Yet for some reason, the family's range turns on by itself causing a devastating fire.
This may sound like a story taken from a page of Stephen King's Christine or a story inspired by the plot of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but this story is more fact than fiction. A recent Consumer Reports investigation found a minimum of 23 percent of the annual 150,000 apartment and house fires were caused by faulty appliances. Some of these fires began when the appliances turned on by themselves.
The Role of Defective Appliances in House and Apartment Fires
Although many fires are the result of human error, the Consumer Reports study found a surprising amount were the result of malfunctions in various appliances. These included ranges, toasters, dishwashers, dryers and air conditioner units.
Of the 69,000 fires reviewed by Consumer Reports, over 23 percent were attributable to problems with the appliances themselves. The problems could be broken down into three categories:
- Mechanical defects
- Electrical defects
- Design flaws
The appliances most likely to start apartment or house fires were ranges, dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators and dishwashers. In fact, over the past five years more than seven million dishwashers were recalled because defects were found that could result in fires. An additional 8 million other appliances were recalled for similar fire risks.
Manufacturers have a duty to provide safe products. When a manufacturer's defect results in an injury or death and the manufacturer was negligent or careless in distributing that product, they may be held liable for the damages.
But the manufacturer may not be the only one to blame. In addition to the manufacturer, the seller, retail store or even apartment complex may be liable as well. Navigating through the intricacies of these claims can be difficult, as they can name multiple parties.
If you or a loved one is injured or suffers property damage as the result of a home or apartment fire, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer to ensure all your legal rights and remedies are protected.
At least 23 percent of apartment and home fires are attributed to faulty appliances. If you've had a fire because of an appliance, a products liability attorney may be able to help.
Article provided by Sommerman & Quesada LLP
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