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Gas fireplace inserts recalled because of safety risk

For those of you who may be frequent readers of our blog, we aim to give consumers information about products they may use every day and may not know that they could be potentially harmful to not only themselves but to their families as well. Much like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, we often times alert people to product recalls; and although we know that accidents may still occur, we feel that it should never be because of a manufacturer's negligence.

That having been said, for our readers, it is worth noting that the manufacturer Jotul North America has recently announced a voluntary recall on four different models of gas fireplace inserts. These inserts, which are designed to provide "a variety of fireplace effects," have been reported as hazardous and should not be used by consumers unless told otherwise.

According to reports, the electrical wiring from these fireplace inserts, which are made from cast iron or steel, can come into contact with the metal rating plate on the insert. This contact can put consumers at risk of electrical shock and burn hazards which can cause serious, if not fatal, injury.

Because of the product defect, consumers are urged to discontinue use of the product and immediately unplug the unit from any electrical sources.

It is the company's concern that consumers who continue to use the product may put themselves in danger of injury or death which could lead to costly medical expenses or even cause for a wrongful death suit.

Once again, we realize that not all accidents can be averted; in which case, we can offer legal advice that can help guide you or your family through the process of gaining compensation in the event that you become injured or killed because of a manufacturer's negligence.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Gas Fireplace Inserts Recalled by Jotul North America Due to Electrical Shock and Burn Hazards," U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Dec. 4, 2012

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