What is a Firepot?
A firepot is a wickless outdoor torch, which uses a jelly-like fuel. A few reports have emerged alleging incidents where a firepot was found to explode, sometimes causing second and third-degree burns to the individual(s) nearby. The manufacturers of the firepot products include BirdBrain, Marshall Garden’s PatioGlo, and Napa Home & Garden.
Due to the recent claims of injuries that have surfaced, it’s possible that all three companies have developed and manufactured a product that may not have properly warned consumers of the potential hazardous conditions that develop when additional fuel is added to the firepot. If BirdBrain, Marshall Garden’s PatioGlo, and/or Napa Home & Garden are found to have not provided adequate testing and warnings, they could potentially be held legally and financially responsible for the injuries causes by their products.
Firepot Gel Fuel Recall
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of Napa Home and Garden˜s NAPAfire and FIREGEL on June 22, 2011, as a result of multiple reported burn injuries. Unfortunately, similar gel fuels manufactured by BirdBrain and Marshall Gardens have caused injuries to consumers as well, but were not included in the firepot gel fuel recall.
A firepot lawsuit seeks to hold the manufacturer of the product responsible for not adequately warning the consumer of potential hazards. The warning label, which alerts the user to the danger of adding more fuel to the firepot while it is lit, is found on a piece of outer packaging that is commonly thrown away.
Napa Home & Garden had informed CPSC of at least 37 reported incidences and at least 23 burn injuries caused by the exploding firepot gel fuel. As a result, victims and families affected by the defective product are may seek compensation through firepot lawsuits.
Families and individuals who have suffered injuries caused by an exploding firepot or its gel fuel may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturers of the firepots and the gel fuel. Firepot lawsuits have already been filed in the U.S. on behalf of adult victims and children as young as three years old. BirdBrain, Marshall Gardens, and Napa Home & Garden may be held responsible to victims filing firepot lawsuits.
If you or a loved one has used a firepot or firepot gel fuel and suffered injury, you should contact Chaffin Luhana LLP’s firepot lawyers immediately for a free and confidential case review on filing a gel fuel or exploding firepot lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation, and the lawyers at Chaffin Luhana are standing by to help call our toll free number today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation: 1-888-480-1123.