While accidents often occur when using potentially dangerous products in Kentucky and other states, the duty of the product’s manufacturer is to provide proper safety precautions to consumers. If a defect or unsafe part is discovered, the company is expected to issue a recall. Recently, around 11,000 lanterns produced by Pier 1 Imports were recalled throughout the United States and Canada because they presented a serious fire hazard to consumers. 

The lanterns are three-dimensional stars made of glass and metal, which hold a single tea light and are intended to hang from the ceiling for decoration. These items present a fire hazard to consumers because the tea lights have the potential to melt down the solders on the lamps and cause a fire. 

At present, there have been approximately five reports of these occurrences due to the defective product. Fortunately, no serious injuries or burns have occurred as a result of this dangerous fire hazard. However, if the recall had not been issued, then the consequences of the defect could have been much more serious, including property damage due to fire, severe burns and even the risk of fatalities. 

When a company orders a product recall, the information can come too late to protect consumers from the negative effects of using the defective products. In some cases, a company may not even want to issue a recall because of the cost and may delay their decision. This is not only reckless; it can also be grounds for a lawsuit.

If you or a loved one has experienced burns, severe injuries or other negative outcomes from the use of a defective product, then the consultation of an experienced attorney may help you to further understand your options in regards to legal action and compensation.

Source: WQAD, "Pier 1 hanging star lanterns recalled," Shellie Nelson, April 17, 2014

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