Vacuum cleaner manufacturer Hoover has recalled more than 140,000 of its Hoover Wind Tunnel Canister Vacuums after dozens of reports of the vacuum overheating and starting fires. Hoover announced the recall at the request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission after receiving more than 70 reports from customers that the vacuum overheated while plugged into an outlet even after they turned it off. In one case, the vacuum caught fire and burned a section of carpet in the owner’s home.
After an investigation, Hoover traced the overheating problem to a length of wire between the power nozzle and the wand connector. Hoover said this length of wire can short circuit, posing a significant fire hazard. The recall affects Hoover Wind Tunnel Canister Vacuums sold in most major department stores between March 2003 and December 2008 with a price tag around $250. Hoover warns owners to unplug these vacuums immediately if currently plugged into an outlet, not to use them and to call Hoover at 1-888-564-2066 to schedule a free repair.
Fortunately, no one has been injured or killed in fires caused by this defective product. However, as you know, news outlets regularly feature stories about people who are not so lucky and have suffered serious and even fatal injuries due to defective products. Under Florida laws, people injured by defective products can seek damages against the manufacturer, distributor and retailer that sold the products. With the assistance of an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney, they can seek damages for the following:
• Pain and suffering
• Diminished enjoyment of life
• Property damage and reduced property value
• Medical and rehabilitative expenses
• Loss of income
• Other damages
If you have suffered injuries or property damage due to a defective product and have questions about Florida’s product liability laws, call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 today to schedule a free consultation with Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham. Since he began practicing law in 1977, he has been helping countless people injured by defective products. He has earned the reputation of a litigator who works hard to help each client receive the maximum compensation for his or her injuries, and he has a proven record of success. He’s on your side. Call today!
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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