Online store HSN.com has recalled more than 5 million clothing steamers after a series of burn injuries resulted in a class-action lawsuit. According to a news report, more than 100 people reported being burned by spraying or leaking hot water from defective steamer products called My Little Steamer and My Little Steamer Go Mini.
Millions of the devices have now been recalled as part of the settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Ingenious Designs, an importer and subsidiary of HSN. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also issued an alert about these potentially dangerous products.
Severe Burn Injuries Reported
The clothes steamers are essentially handheld electrical appliances, which use hot steam emitted from a nozzle head to remove wrinkles from garments and other fabrics. The steamers were sold in two sizes: standard (or deluxe) full-size My Little Steamer, or the compact size My Little Steamer Go Mini.
The recalled steamers were sold individually or in combination sets, produced in a variety of colors including black, white, red, purple, and teal. CPSC said HSN has received 227 reports of hot water spraying or leaking from the steamers, including 106 reports of burn injuries. These reports include eight claims of second-degree burns and six cases of third-degree burns.
The recalled models have either a flat or triangular steamer head and the product’s name is printed on the side of the unit. CPSC said 5.4 million of the steamers were sold in the United States at HSN.com and on the HSN television network. They were also sold at retail stores nationwide, including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, and Lowes, as well as online on Amazon.com. They were sold from January 2002 through December 2020 for between $10 and $30 individually and between $20 and $50 in combination sets.
People who bought these products between January 2018 and December 2020 can receive a full refund. Those who purchased them between January 2015 and December 2017 can receive a partial refund, while those who bought them before that time period can get a voucher. For more information, call 855-654-0942, or visit HSN.com.
Product Liability Issues
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other dangerous, defective, or recalled products, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. This recall is also an example of how a class-action lawsuit can bring facts about defective products out in the open and force a recall, especially with regard to products that could result in serious injuries for consumers. An experienced product defect lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.