Westinghouse Lighting has recalled thousands of Great Falls outdoor ceiling fans because of an injury hazard. According to an alert posted on U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Westinghouse Lighting said it has received 62 reports of the fan blades cracking or breaking off, including one person who suffered an impact injury.
Details of the Recall
The recalled ceiling fans were sold online at Amazon.com, Homedepot.com, Wayfair.com and independent distributors nationwide from October 2019 to August 2020 for between $170 to $200. Westinghouse Lighting recalled Great Falls 52-inch outdoor ceiling fans with four dark walnut fan blades, frosted amber glass and an LED lamp. Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled ceiling fans and contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to receive a free replacement blade kit.
There have been other similar recalls recently. In April 2018, the CPSC issued a product defect recall for nearly 144,000 ceiling fans because of the risk that a bracket could break and result in the blades falling off. That recall covered about 144,000 ceiling fans by HD Supply. There were no reports of injuries on that one, but there were 13 reports of blades falling from the ceiling with one incident resulting in property damage.
Product Liability Issues
These are certainly defective products that have the potential to cause serious injuries. When the blades of a fan fall on whoever is below, there is the possibility of suffering head injuries, lacerations and other types of harm that could be potentially serious. If you have these products at home, please stop using them right away. It would be best not to use them until they’ve been fixed or repaired.
Product manufacturers are responsible for making and selling safe items for consumers. When products are determined to be unsafe, manufacturers have a responsibility to issue a timely recall and repair the recalled items at no cost to consumers.
Suppose a dangerous or defective product has injured you. In that case, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options and assist you with receiving maximum compensation for your losses.