Lochinvar Recalls Condensing Boilers Due to Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Lochinvar, a manufacturer of residential boilers, has issued a recall for approximately 17,370 condensing boilers, combi boilers, and packaged systems sold under the Lochinvar, A.O. Smith, and State Industries brand names. The recall is due to a potential risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
What is the Hazard?
The flue collector, a component of the boiler that collects and channels flue gases, can crack if exposed to a high-impact event in the burner chamber. This cracking can allow carbon monoxide to escape into the home, posing a serious health risk. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause symptoms such as dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, it can lead to death.
Consumers with the recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or a qualified technician to schedule a free repair. The repair will consist of installing a steel plate, which will be affixed to the base of the flue collector to act as a reinforcement.
If you must continue to use your boiler before the repair is completed, you should install working carbon monoxide alarms outside of sleeping areas and on each floor of your home. You should also open windows to ventilate your home.
This recall only affects condensing boilers, combi boilers, and packaged systems sold under the Lochinvar, A.O. Smith, and State Industries brand names from August 2021 through August 2023. Other Lochinvar boilers are not affected.
Where Can I Get More Information?
You can contact Lochinvar online at https://www.waterheaterrecall.com/WaterHeaterRecallPage. You can also check for the recalled boilers’ serial number at https://www.waterheaterrecall.com/WaterHeaterRecallPage and select the look-up feature for the flue collector recall. Consumers with Lochinvar-branded boilers can find a qualified service technician by visiting https://www.lochinvar.com/contact. Consumers with A.O. Smith or State Industries-branded boilers should contact their installer.
Filing Your Claim For Compensation
Victims harmed by a defective product may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the product. Product liability law holds companies responsible for injuries caused by defects in their products. In order to succeed in a product liability lawsuit, the victim must prove that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s control, that the defect caused the injury, and that the injury resulted in damages.
The lawsuit process can be complex and time-consuming, so it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. An attorney can help you gather evidence, file the necessary paperwork, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. They can also represent you in court if necessary.
In a product liability lawsuit, victims may be able to recover a variety of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant for particularly egregious conduct and to deter future wrongdoing.
Here are some of the steps involved in filing a product liability lawsuit:
Consult with our attorneys. An attorney from our firm can assess your case and determine whether you have a valid claim.
Gather evidence. This may include medical records, employment records, photographs of the product, and witness statements.
File a complaint. The complaint is a legal document that outlines your allegations against the defendant.
Discovery. During discovery, both sides exchange information and evidence. This may include depositions, interrogatories, and requests for production of documents.
Motion for summary judgment. This motion asks the court to rule in your favor without a trial if there is no genuine dispute of material fact.
Trial. If the court does not grant a motion for summary judgment, the case will go to trial. At trial, both sides will present evidence and argue their case to the jury.
Verdict. The jury will then decide whether the defendant is liable for your injuries and, if so, what damages you are entitled to.
If you have been injured by this defective broiler, you should contact our attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. The time to file your claim is limited by state law. Therefore, it is crucial that you speak to our attorneys today.
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