Products Liability – Electrical Appliances


A waitress picked up a glass coffeepot which she had just filled from the coffeemaker. The handle assembly slipped off the coffee pot causing the pot to fall to the floor and break.   The plaintiff slipped on the hot coffee and fell. She was

2021-04-16T06:19:54-04:00July 10, 2018|

Electric Stove

A small boy suffered third degree burns over more than 50% of his body in an electrical fire in his family's home.   The fire was caused by an electric stove which, while being installed two weeks earlier, had set off a sparking fire at

2021-04-16T07:24:11-04:00July 10, 2018|

Fuse Box

A father and one of his children were killed and the mother and two other children severely injured in a house fire which the fire marshal's investigation disclosed was caused by over-fusing of a particular Fuse Box.   A simple stick-on warning on the fuse

2021-04-15T14:22:06-04:00July 10, 2018|

Electric Blanket – Another Example

A couple was awakened from their sleep when the husband noticed flames coming from the bottom of his electric blanket.   In an attempt to leave her home and find safety from the fire, the wife sustained burns over 55% of her total body surface,

2021-04-15T17:42:51-04:00July 10, 2018|

Electric Blanket

An elderly couple was awakened by flames shooting from the foot of their bed where their electric blanket was connected to its cord. They were seriously burned while trying to put out the fire. A short time after its purchase by the plaintiffs an alleged

2021-04-16T06:53:25-04:00July 10, 2018|

Vacuum Cleaner

An 11-year-old boy exposed his naked genitals to the air intake fan of a cannister vacuum cleaner.   His penis was caught in the intake fan and he was castrated. Liability was premised on defective design and negligence theories because (1) the intake fan blades

2021-04-16T08:00:15-04:00July 10, 2018|


A 28-year-old woman who was 8 months pregnant was standing in front of her stove in a cotton nightgown.   The electric stove oven was designed with French doors which open sideways instead of vertically. The oven heating element ignited the nightgown, causing the woman

2021-04-15T14:23:15-04:00July 10, 2018|

Abandoned Refrigerator

Two children discovered an abandoned refrigerator and crawled into it. The door closed entrapping them and resulting in their death from suffocation.   The refrigerator was designed so that one could not open the door from the inside.

2021-04-15T15:14:09-04:00July 10, 2018|
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