Products Liability – Carbon Monoxide
A young father purchased a winterized deluxe family camper for his family to use on outings. On one such occasion, after using the camper on only two prior occasions, he and his wife left the children with a babysitter to go out for the evening. When he returned the children and the babysitter were unconscious,
A family of four was asphyxiated in their home. When the authorities arrived on the scene they found a bag containing charcoal briquets and a barbecue stand inside the home. The family had apparently been burning the briquets inside the house. There were no warnings or instructions on the bag about the hazards of carbon
A couple were asphyxiated from carbon monoxide poisoning, and it was discovered that the source of the carbon monoxide was a gas-powered refrigerator. Investigation revealed a defectively manufactured valve in the burner chamber, which had slipped into a setting causing incomplete combustion of the gas and the subsequent release of toxic carbon monoxide fumes.
A young married couple was cooking food on a hibachi in their closed-in back porch. After about a half hour, the wife collapsed and died. Her husband felt drowsy but managed to call an ambulance. The cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning. Nowhere on the ten-pound package of charcoal was there a warning that,
A young woman was driving a five-year-old American-made station wagon. She had been driving with the windows closed because it was raining. She gradually became very drowsy and because of this she lost control of the car and crashed into an oncoming truck and was severely injured. Investigation revealed that carbon monoxide had seeped from
The plaintiff purchased a space heater from the warehouse of a major national retail store. He intended to use the heater in his Volkswagen Bus on a weekend camping trip with three young friends. The salesman who sold the heater told him it was a returned unit and he could have it for 75% discount.