Justice Department files federal charges over defective product

Justice Department files federal charges over defective product

| Apr 18, 2019 | Products Liability |

When the average consumer purchases a product, they do so with the expectation that the item will perform in the manner described. Unfortunately, there have been many cases when a purchase resulted in significant damages or physical injury when the item malfunctioned. Currently, there are ongoing recalls for a defective product that could be in use in homes in Ohio.

Recently, the U.S. Justice Department filed federal charges against two company executives who are purportedly responsible for allowing the sale of Gree dehumidifiers that have been implicated in causes fires. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to check their devices against the recall lists in order to prevent further damages. There have been an estimated 500 fires that were caused by a dehumidifier overheating. It is estimated that these fires have resulted in more than $25 million in damages and the death of one family pet so far.

The federal consumer agency has issued previous recalls for the appliances, which are comprised of several makes and models and were sold under various brand names. The CPSC estimates that only around 6 percent of recalls are acted upon by consumers. Along with the recalls, consumers are urged to monitor these appliances and turn them off whenever they leave their homes or go to bed.

Gree, the company responsible for the majority of the dangerous dehumidifiers, was fined in excess of $15.4 million in 2016, for neglecting to inform the government about existing problems with the appliance. One woman, who lost her pet when one of these appliances caught fire in her basement, took to social media to raise awareness of the potential dangers this defective product poses to consumers. If an Ohio resident suffers physical harm or significant monetary damages due to a product malfunction, he or she is entitled to seek just compensation through a products liability civil lawsuit.