Alpha and Sigma Camping pots Recalled by Sea to Summit
On January 13th, 2021, Sea to Summit issued a recall for 16,200 of its Alpha and Sigma Camping Pots. The pots were recalled because the nylon latch that holds the handle to the pot can break, leading to the handle detaching and the pot falling. Users may experience burns and other injuries if the pot falls while something is being cooked inside of it.
The pots were manufactured in China and imported into Colorado by Sea to Summit. They were sold in various sizes, such as 1.2 liters, 1.9 liters, and 3.7 liters. Alpha pots are colored matte grey, while Sigma pots are made of stainless steel and are colored black. All pots have the company name and pot size written on the front. Alpha pots have a tagline of “Hard Anodised Compact Cooking System” and Sigma pots have a tagline of “Premium Stainless-Steel Compact Cooking System.” The following products were included in the recall:
- Alpha Cookware
- Alpha Pot 1.2 Liter
- Alpha Pot 1.9 Liter
- Alpha Pot 2.7 Liter
- Alpha Pot 3.7 Liter
- Alpha Cook Set 1.1 – 1.2L pot, 1 bowl, 1 mug
- Alpha Pot Set 2.0 – 1.2L pot & 2.7L pot
- Alpha Cook Set 2.1 – 1.9L pot, 2 bowls, 2 mugs
- Alpha 2 Pot Cook Set 2.2 – 1.2L pot, 2.7L pot, 2 bowls, 2 mugs
- Alpha 2 Pot Cook Set 4.2 – 2.7L pot, 3.7L pot, 4 bowls, 4 mugs
- Sigma Cookware
- Sigma Pot 1.2 L
- Sigma Pot 1.9 L
- Sigma Pot 2.7 L
- Sigma Pot 3.7 L
- Sigma Pot Set 2.0 – 1.2L pot & 2.7L pot
- Sigma Cook Set 1.1 – 1.2L pot, 1 bowl, 1 mug
- Sigma Cook Set 2.1 – 1.9L pot, 2 bowls, 2 mugs
- Sigma 2 Pot Cook Set 2.2 – 1.2L pot, 2.7L pot, 2 bowls, 2 mugs
The pots were sold at REI sporting goods stores and on REI’s website. They were distributed from January 2019 through November 2020. They cost anywhere between $40 and $130.
There have been 10 separate reports of the camping pots’ handles disengaging. The heat can cause this to happen. No injuries have occurred. The company recommends that customers stop using the pots at once and contact the company for a free repair kit.
Burn Injuries from Defective Camping Pots
Burns come in different types, but burns from hot water or liquid, or scalding burns, can be severe. First degree burns generally result in some redness and irritation, but they heal within a few days. They generally happen if you have a short exposure to a very hot liquid. You can quickly run the area under cold water and apply an aloe or ointment to soothe the damage.
Second degree and third degree burns, though, are more severe. They affect the deeper layers of skin and can cause lasting injuries. These burns often feature numbness or hypersensitivity, and they will be very red for a period of time. They may even turn white if they’re severe. The skin can char or get infected due to exposure. Nerve damage, muscle damage, and an inability to move can also accompany these burns. When the burns heal, there may be heavy scarring and disfigurement present as well. They may require skin grafts or plastic surgery.
Children are at greater risk for burns from pots, as they generally do not have the same level of experience that adults do when camping. It is recommended that you keep children away from these camping pots, as the children may suffer serious injuries if the pots break.
Suing Sea to Summit for a Defective Camping Pot
Filing a claim against Sea to Summit requires that you show that the company was negligent in some way. There are three ways you can do this for product liability claims. They are as follows:
- A design error was present with the camping pot
- A manufacturing error occurred when the camping pot was being created
- A hazard sign or warning symbol was not present on the camping pot or on its packaging
Defective camping pots were probably designed wrong. The latch should not melt or detach, and this was an oversight. It should have been properly affixed so that it could not detach, or it should have been made of different materials to be fully resistant to heat.
First, go to the doctor for medical treatment, and do not wait too long. A delay between the incident and the treatment can be a red flag for the insurance agent. He may believe that you were hurt in another scenario and that you’re using the defective camping pot as a scapegoat. While at the hospital, make copies of medical records, doctor’s statements, insurance billings, and more.
If there were any eyewitnesses with you when you were camping who saw the incident happen, you should ask them to contribute their testimonies and statements to the claim. The more perspectives you have in support of you, the stronger your proof will be. You can also join a class action lawsuit if many people were hurt because of these defective camping pots
You will need pictures of the injuries you suffered. You can also add pictures of the defective camping pot.
Do not throw the camping pot away or return it to the store for a refund. Do not seek any repairs or even try to fix it yourself. Simply keep it preserved as evidence. If you do not have the pot, your claim will be extremely difficult to litigate. There will be no proof that there was a defect – there will actually be no proof of anything if you no longer have the pot in your possession.
You may have some proof of purchase documents showing that you bought the pot. You could produce an email confirmation from the company, a bank statement showing payment to the company, an email, and more.
Once you’ve gathered your evidence, call a product liability attorney who can deal with your case for you. You should not try to handle the lawsuit without proper legal representation. It can be difficult to adequately use the law to your advantage, especially if you have to nurse injuries in the meantime.
Compensation from a Product Liability Claim against Sea to Summit
The value of your product liability lawsuit is weighed by the insurance agent handling the claim. He will look at the extent of the injuries you suffered, as well as the impact they had on your life and career, and make an offer. He will also consider your age, job type, and responsibility for the incident. You should not be forced to pay off these debts if you were not liable – the company made a defective product, and should be held properly accountable. We will strive to win you the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization, medication, ambulance transportation fees, and more
- Lost wages in the event you were forced to miss time at work and have your income reduced; we will pursue reimbursement of commissions, benefits, tips, bonuses, future missed income, and more
- Property damage if your personal belongings were lost or must be repaired
- Pain and suffering, or non-economic damages, which may include fear, anxiety, PTSD, emotional trauma, and more
It is important that you seek out an attorney who can ensure that your case is appropriately handled. We know how difficult it can be to file a lawsuit, especially if you have been hurt and need time to recover.
Statute of Limitations on Product Liability Lawsuits
California’s statute of limitations on personal injury claims and product liability claims is two years from the date of the injury. If you don’t sue in that time, you will not be eligible to receive any compensation in the future. Your evidence may also deteriorate over time, so it’s recommended that you do not hesitate to take legal action.
The statute of limitations can be temporarily suspended or extended. This can occur if you were under the age of 18 years old at the time of the incident, and the statute won’t count down until you turn legal age. You also may have been left incapacitated, which can cause the statute to be frozen until you return to health or awareness of mind. The defendant must also be in California; if he has not returned, the statute will be suspended until he comes back.
Why Choose the DTLA Law Group
The Downtown LA Law Group has a history of winning millions of dollars in compensation for victims of defective items. We know the best routes to success and we will stop at nothing to win. If we have to go to court to defend your rights, we are willing to do so. Our lawyers are aggressive and relentless in their pursuit of your rightful compensation.
For a free legal consultation to discuss your case, call our law firm today. You can ask us anything you wish and we’ll tell you what we believe we can win for your claim. None of your private details will be shared outside of our walls. Also, we’ll ensure that you pay nothing out of pocket for legal action. Our zero fee guarantee says that we won’t get paid unless and until we win, and the money will come from the settlement we win for you. If we lose, we do not get anything at all.
To sue Sea to Summit for injuries from a defective camping pot, get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group today.