When you think about it, using high heat to remove wrinkles and creases from clothes sounds pretty dangerous. But most modern clothes irons are safe and effective to use.
However, a manufacturer has recently issued a recall of its electric steam irons over the risk that the appliances can cause fire and electrical hazards.
Vornado is recalling about 1.75 million of its Steamfast Home & Away Travel Steam Irons. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Vornado issued the recall after receiving 74 reports related to the appliance.
The power cord in the affected devices can become damaged near the part where it joins the clothes iron. This can lead to extreme overheating of the cord, potentially causing fire and burn hazards. The damaged cord can also expose the copper wires within, posing a shock hazard.
Of the 74 reports received by the manufacturer, 18 involved the power cord smoking, sparking, catching fire or overheating. Vornado also received two reports of minor shocks.
Retailers like Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond as well as online stores like Amazon.com sold the electric steam irons from January 2009 through September 2023. In addition to the 1.75 million recalled in the U.S., Vornado also issued another recall affecting another 9,000 in Canada.
What to do if a defective clothes iron injures you
If a defective clothes iron has injured you, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit. A lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other related damages. Product liability laws hold manufacturers and sellers responsible for the injuries caused by their defective products, and a clothes iron is no exception.
Filing a product liability lawsuit can be a complex and challenging process, and it’s easy to get lost in legal jargon and technicalities. It might be helpful to have an experienced legal professional on your side who can help you gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong case.