When the weather warms up and stay-at-home orders loosen, many people in Philadelphia will be looking to get outside for some grilling with close friends and family. After more than 4 months of COVID-19 restrictions, outdoor barbecues are a way to allow close family and friends to hang out while keeping some space. Like other years, there may be an increase in burn injuries for children and adults caused by grills and barbecues.
Defective Gas Grills
Propane gas grills are generally safe and easy to use. However, if the grill has been damaged or was defectively manufactured, it can create a serious burn and fire hazard. A defective grill may leak gas even with the burners closed. When the home cook goes to finally turn on the grill, it may be filled with the flammable gas, causing an explosion or fireball when lit.
Some problems with a gas grill can occur after purchasing a brand new grill for the first cookout of the summer. Buying a gas grill often requires putting it together out of the box. When assembling a new grill, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. The National Institutes of Health recommends that if there is any doubt, “take it back to the store or dealer, or call a qualified propane service technician.”
Burn Injuries in a Barbecue or Grill Accident
Depending on the accident, most gas grill or barbecue burn accidents can cause burn injuries ranging from less serious 1st degree burns to very serious 3rd degree burns that require emergency treatment. Other injuries caused by a grill accident could include inhalation injuries and burn injury to the eyes.
Who is Responsible for a Defective Grill Accident?
If the grill was defective as designed, as manufactured, or there was not sufficient warning to protect consumers, the gas grill manufacturer, distributor, or seller may be liable for any damages caused. A product liability lawsuit allows the injury victim to hold the producers of the product responsible for any danger, without having to show that any one person was negligent.
Product liability claims generally fall under the category of a manufacturing defect, design defect, or failure to warn.
Defectively Manufactured Grill
A manufacturing defect is a defect that occurs in the production process. For example, the factory switched to using a cheaper gas hose replacement to save money but the cheaper hose is more likely to have leaks. This means the grill may not be put on the market as intended, leaving the unsuspecting consumer at risk of injury.
Defectively Designed Barbecue
A design defect is a problem that makes the product inherently dangerous as designed. For example, a new design of the grill fails to lock the gas release nob after the user turns off the gas. This could leave a grill filling with gas unexpectedly, which could explode when ignited.
Failure to Warn Users of Dangerous Grill
Manufacturers may not have to warn consumers of obvious dangers of a gas grill, for example, that the fire is hot. However, manufacturers may have a duty to warn consumers about hidden dangers or ensure safe usage of the product. For example, there is a razor sharp piece of metal that extends out behind the handle which a consumer could slice their hand open on when trying to move the grill.
Philly Defective Grill and Product Injury Attorneys
Product defects can result in serious injury or even death. The Gilman & Bedigian team is fully equipped to handle the complex process of bringing a defective product claim against those who were responsible for the injury. Contact us today for a free consultation.