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Fire from dishwasher leads to woman's smoke inhalation death

As consumers, we don’t often think about our appliances as we go about our day. We expect our kitchen appliances to operate safely, and usually, they do. Unfortunately, sometimes, appliances are not safe. When appliances are defective, the manufacturer can be held responsible for injuries consumers sustain under products liability.

Unfortunately, one 47-year-old woman didn’t know she had an unsafe appliance in her kitchen. The woman was killed recently in a house fire; according to investigators, a malfunctioning dishwasher was the cause of the fatal fire. Firefighters say the woman was unresponsive when they found her. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Preliminary findings cited smoke inhalation as the cause of death.

According to Consumer Reports, faulty dishwashers are one of the frequent causes of fires in the home. An analysis of data from house fires showed that more than 1,000 fires could clearly be attributed to dishwashers with electrical or other malfunctions. People who own dishwashers can eliminate some of the risk if they register their appliances when they purchase them; this way, they can be notified of any product recalls related to their appliances.

Anytime there is a fire in a person’s home, there is a risk of being injured. Unfortunately, as shown in this case, sometimes these injuries can be serious or even fatal. Anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one due to a faulty appliance may benefit from learning their rights and options available to them. In some cases, they may be eligible for compensation.

Source: Consumer Reports, "Defective dishwasher blamed in death of New Jersey woman," Daniel DiClerico, May 31, 2013

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