Five Household Appliances that Pose a Hazard
When you purchase appliances for your home, you expect they will work properly and hope that they will make your day-to-day easier. However, this may not always be the case. When there is a mistake made in the designing or manufacturing process of creating a product, it can lead to a dangerous malfunctioning appliance. Many household appliances can be hazardous if defective, but some are more so. Common household appliances that be dangerous for you and your family include the following:
1: Water heaters
Federal guidelines provide standards for the design, manufacturing, and assembly of water heaters. When these guidelines are not met, or there are errors in the manufacturing process, the resulting product may be defective. If a defective water heater is installed and used in a home, the result may be an explosion and consequential house fire.
2: Clothes Dryers
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, dryers account for 92% of household fires each year. Problems with dryers usually stem from improper installation or maintenance, or a malfunction due to manufacturing.
Refrigerators and freezers are also responsible for a large number of house fires each year. Faulty wiring, improper installation, and improper maintenance can all cause a refrigerator to catch flames. Refrigerators are particularly dangerous, though, because they contain high amounts of plastic and insulation that retains the cool temperature inside of the appliance. The plastic and insulation are highly flammable, and when the appliance catches fire, it spreads quickly and emits toxic fumes.
4: Washing Machines
As with the other appliances, washing machines are known to cause many fires. A lot of the time, when these fires occur, it was due to a fault in the appliance that the manufacturers knew about but did not do anything about, like recalling the product. Another defect associated with washing machines involves those with glass doors shattering during the washing process.
5: Exercise Equipment
Exercise equipment is a broad category of appliances. Equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bicycles, or weight machines are susceptible to defects that can cause serious damage. Faulty wiring or defective belts or cables can lead to personal injury or fire in your home.
Contact a personal injury lawyer in Houston
With each of these appliances, there are risks that can affect your home and your own well-being. If one of these appliances were to malfunction, it could mean serious injury for you or a loved one and extensive damage to your personal property. It is possible that the malfunction of an appliance is due to a mistake during the manufacturing process. If this is so, the manufacturer is liable for the injuries and damage caused. If you or a loved one has experienced harm due to a dangerous malfunction appliance, contact the Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 to learn about our team and discuss your case.