The consumer protection lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating allegations that advertising for wet/dry vacuum cleaners sold under the Sears Craftsman and Emerson Rigid brands materially overstated the horsepower produced by the products. Sears Craftsman and Emerson Rigid wet/dry vacs with higher horsepower are generally more expensive than those with lower ranges. If the manufacturers of these wet/dry vacs are misstating their horsepower, consumers who purchased the products may be able to obtain refunds and other damages through a consumer class action lawsuit. If you purchased a Sears Craftsman or Emerson Rigid wet/dry vac, the consumer protection lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP would like to hear from you. The firm is offering free lawsuit consultations to consumers who purchased wet/dry vacs sold under the Sears Craftsman or Emerson Rigid brand names. If you purchased one of these products, we urge you to contact Parker Waichman LLP today to protect your legal rights.
Wet/Dry Vac Horsepower Allegations
The Sears Craftsman and Emerson Rigid wet/dry vac were designed to remove solid debris and liquids from various surfaces through the use of suction generated by an electric motor. Because these wet/dry vacuums are designed to lift materials heavier than that of a conventional household vacuum, the power of the wet/dry vacuum is an important characteristic to consumers. According to a pending consumer class action lawsuit in Missouri, the Emerson Rigid wet/dry vacs “are not capable of, or are not reasonably capable of attaining, the increased HP represented by Defendant on the Product and its packaging as compared to other lower priced models.” A separate class action lawsuit filed in Illinois charges that tests have indicated that Sears Craftsman wet/dry vacs deliver less than half the advertised horsepower, and the tanks were less than two-thirds as large as advertise. Only when the motor assemblies are removed from the tanks is the actual capacity as high as that stated, the suit charges.