Manufactuerer Gramr Inc. has issued a product defect recall for thousands of brushed-gold tea kettles from CAUSEBOX and Rose & Fitzgerald after 18 people were burned by hot water or steam.
According to an alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the company has recalled about 92,135 of these tea kettles after it received 122 reports of the product expelling hot water and/or steam. Eighteen people reported that they suffered burn injuries.
Gramr was doing business as CAUSEBOX when the tea kettles were sold and the company changed its name to Alltrue on May 18, 2021. The tea kettles were also sold through Rose & Fitzgerald. The recall notice said the tea kettles were recalled because they can expel hot water and/or excessive steam during use and pose the danger of scalding burns.
The recalled products were sold through the website causebox.com in 2021 “Winter Box” seasonal assortments from November 2020 through April 2021 for between $50 and $55. The kettle was also sold separately online at roseandfitzgerald.com from December 2020 through February 2021 for about $100. For more information, consumers can call Gramr toll-free at 866-512-2152 or contact them online at causebox.com and click on “Safety Notices.”
Product Liability Issues
More than 500,000 scalding injuries occur each year in the United States. Hot liquids can cause serious burn injuries. In fact, scalds are the number one cause of burn injury to children under the age of 4. Coffee, tea, soup, and even hot tap water can be hot enough to cause serious burn injuries.
Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and/or retailers of products have a legal obligation to immediately report to the federal government any defective products that could create a significant risk of injury or harm to consumers. They must also report a product that fails to comply with consumer safety standards.
Defectively designed and manufactured appliances have been linked to home fires, burn injuries, smoke inhalation injuries, and even fatal fire accidents. Victims of defective appliances should preserve the damaged product for a thorough inspection. They also may have it in their best interest to speak with an experienced product defect attorney who will help them pursue compensation for their losses from the at-fault manufacturer of the defective product.