Can Amazon Be Held Liable for Defective Products Sold by Third Parties?
Amazon is issuing a defective product recall for 260,000 AmazonBasics portable chargers after reports that they could overheat and cause fires and/or burn injuries. According to a USA Today news report, Amazon received 53 reports of the chargers overheating including one consumer who was burned by battery acid. There were also four reports of property damage due to fire and smoke. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says customers should stop using the chargers and contact Amazon for a refund. The Seattle-based company says it is also contacting customers who may be affected by this product defect recall.
The power banks, which are used to charge smartphones and other gadgets on the go, were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon book stores and Amazon pop-up shops between December 2014 and July 2017. They cost between $9 and $40. The recall covers six versions of AmazonBasics portable battery. The company says customers can request a refund through its website: amazonpowerbank.expertinquiry.com.
Battery Acid Burn Injuries
When it comes in contact with the skin, battery acid can cause significant damage. Most batteries contain sulfuric acid that is used to produce an electric current. Battery acid burns are chemical burns. When the acid is splashed from the batteries, if it comes into contact with eyes or skin, immediate measures must be taken to reduce the damage. Sulfuric acid being corrosive can cause the death of tissue cells when it comes in contact with the body.
The extent of the injuries depends on the strength of the acid and the time the acid remains in contact with the skin. If you have suffered a chemical burn, particularly involving battery acid, it is important to dilute the area with water so the acid becomes less potent. Flush the area with large amounts of water. If you have acid in your eyes, flush with tap water.
Compensation for Injuries
If you have suffered chemical burns as a result of dangerous or defective products, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the product for injuries, damages and losses you have sustained. You may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced product liability lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.