Home/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 scalded


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 the

Electric Stove2018-07-10T13:21:16-04:00

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 circuit. A simple stick-on warning on the fuse box could

Fuse Box2018-07-10T13:18:38-04:00

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 leave her home and find safety from the fire, the wife sustained burns over 55% of her total body surface, namely second

Electric Blanket – Another Example2018-07-10T13:17:19-04:00

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

Electric Blanket2018-07-10T13:16:31-04:00

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 had

Vacuum Cleaner2018-07-10T13:15:47-04:00


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 to


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.

Abandoned Refrigerator2018-07-10T07:17:42-04:00


The plaintiff, a 4-year-old boy, was burned when he fell out of his parents' bed tipping over the vaporizer which poured boiling water on his chest. The vaporizer was negligently designed in that it had a dangerously high center of gravity and its cover fit



Young boy sustained burn injuries to his right hand, right arm, right shoulder and right ear when a Hairsetter device fell from a bathroom countertop and discharged hot water over part of the boy's body. The plaintiffs brought an action against the manufacturer and retailer


Portable Hair Dryer

A 7-year-old girl was drying her hair with a small portable electric hair dryer. The dryer was dangerously designed because it contained no thermostatic controls. As a result its surface could reach a temperature over 520 degrees; F. The girl's bedding and clothing was ignited

Portable Hair Dryer2018-07-10T07:10:44-04:00

Color Television

A woman was killed and her 2-year-old son was seriously burned in a fire that trapped them in one of the rooms in their house. Plaintiff's expert says that the probable cause of the fire was the family's new color television, which was defective.

Color Television2018-07-10T07:08:50-04:00
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