Fan producer Vornado Air pays $7.5 million to settle claims it failed to right away report doubtlessly lethal dangers posed by twice-recalled electrical house heaters.
The Andover, Kansas-based firm didn’t notify the US Client Product Security Fee, as legally required, after receiving data that its VH101 Private Vortex heater might overheat and catch hearth, the CPSC stated Thursday in a information launch.
“For greater than three years after Vornado discovered that its heaters had been inclined to fireside, the corporate stayed silent and didn’t reveal the dangers to CPSC or to the customers who had bought the product. Throughout that point, one of many faulty heaters caught hearth , ensuing within the demise of a 90-year-old man. This demise was avoidable,” CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric stated in an announcement.
Vornado recalled the product in April 2018, then re-announced the recall in August 2018 after confirming a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minnesota, had died in a fireplace involving the heater in December 2017. On the time, the corporate stated it had additionally acquired 19 studies of the warmers catching on hearth.
Greater than 350,000 of the made-in-China heaters had been bought at retailers nationwide from August 2009 via March 2018 for about $30.
Within the accord with the CPSC, Vornado stated it agreed to the settlement to keep away from litigation and that it doesn’t admit to violating the regulation.
This is not the primary time a Vornado product has acquired federal scrutiny. The CPSC in January of 2008 reached an settlement with a belief appearing on behalf of the then-dissolved Vornado Air Circulation Methods to pay a $500,000 high quality to settle claims it didn’t rapidly report greater than 300 instances of faulty heaters overheating, melting, smoking or catching hearth.
That settlement got here after the August 2004 recall of 1 million moveable electrical complete room heaters bought from July 1991 via January 2004 for between $50 and $120 on account of a defective electrical connection, in accordance with the discover.