Zippo recalled its Ronson Brand Tech Torch Auto Start
, which is a utility lighter that runs on butane fuel
. The recall was issued on October 8th, 2019. In total, more than 660,000 of the lighters were recalled, with nearly 100,000 more in Canada.
The reason for the recall stems from the chance for the flame to remain ignited even after the activation button has been released
. The troubles can obviously lead to fire damage and burns. The lighters are colored red and have black rubber handles, a black trigger, and a metalloid nozzle. Each lighter comes with a butane fuel can. The word Ronson is printed on the top of the torch stock and the words Tech Torch are located below the base of the lighter.
The items were manufactured in Taiwan and imported into Zippo’s Manufacturing Company in Pennsylvania
. They were sold at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, additional home improvement stores, Amazon.com, and Zppo.com for nearly 10 years, from February 2010 through July 2019. They were relatively inexpensive, costing between $30 and $40.
There were 36 reports associated with the lighter. Numerous individuals complained about the flame remaining ignited; one of the reports claimed property damage due to a fire. Fortunately, there have been no severe injuries or burns stemming from the defect.
For a remedy, Zippo is imploring its customers to stop using the lighter. Owners can reach out to the company for a gift card refund, but no other forms of compensation are available.
What kind of injuries can happen from a defective Zippo Ronson Tech Torch?
Lighters are generally equipped with safety features that quell the flames once the button or lever has been depressed. Some lighters, such as flint lighters, do not have this option. The Tech Torch does, but the defect causes the flame to stay lit
– which may not be a problem if there were a covering or sheath, but there is not.
If the flame on a Tech Torch does not go out, you could suffer various injuries, including severe burns of first-, second-, and third-degrees. These burns may cause deep, irreparable tissue damage, numbness, nerve damage, and more. Prolonged exposure to flame can be caused because the hand was trapped while welding, or because you were unable to move while the lighter fell. These accidents, although rare, do happen, and can be devastating.
In addition to physical injuries, you may have a fire that starts because the torch does not go out
. It is easy for a torch to be placed on a counter top or on a surface and for the flame to ignite the surroundings. The curtains may catch fire, the fabric can become alit, and other appliances may be similarly ignited. If you do not know that the flame will not go out, you may inadvertently set fire to your whole home.
You can reach out to an attorney if anything happens from the broken Zippo Tech Torch.
How do I sue for a defective Zippo Tech Torch?
In order to file a product liability lawsuit
against Zippo for injuries sustained from a defective Ronson Tech Torch
, you must show that there was negligence on behalf of the company. There must have been a design flaw, manufacturing error, or failure to warn on the product. In the case of the lighter, there may have been a manufacturing error that did not tighten the lever enough to keep the fuel from continuing to be dispensed into the chamber. There may also have been a design flaw that did not account for this in the first place, which would be more in line with the truth, given the sheer amount of recalled items. As long as one of these points is proven, your product liability lawsuit
will have a foundation. You will then need to gather evidence. Here is what you should do:
- Get medical attention immediately to treat any burns or other damages
- Do not hesitate to go to the doctor, as the longer you wait, the more severe your injuries will become and the more likely t is that your case will be thrown out by the insurance agent because he will not believe that you were injured by the lighter
- Make copies of your medical receipts and documents showing you went for treatment
- Photograph your injuries
- Do not return the item to the company
- Do not attempt to fix the lighter or try to bring it anywhere to be fixed
- Do not tamper with the lighter in any way, as it is the most important piece of evidence for your claim and if it is ruined, broken by you fixed, or has other alterations, it can be rendered useless
- Keep receipts showing that you purchased the lighter, or bank statements and proof of purchase documents
- Get eyewitness statements if possible from anyone who may have seen the incident happen or who also owned the lighter and experienced similar defects or incidents
Once you have put everything together, you should search for a product liability lawyer in Los Angeles
who can help you sue Zippo for damages. We will do everything to ensure that you are given the maximum settlement. It’s possible that you don’t know how to handle a claim by yourself or that you have never negotiated a deal; we will take care of the legal legwork for you so you don’t have to.
How much is my Zippo Ronson Tech Torch lawsuit worth?
The value of a product liability lawsuit
is determined by the effect your injuries had on your life and career, the severity of the damages, and how responsible you were for the incident. if the insurance agent does not think that your injuries were that bad or that you were partially accountable, your lawsuit would be worth a lot less than if you were seriously hurt and did not cause the incident at all.
Get started today by calling (855) 339-8879.
Our team of attorneys will strive to win you coverage for:
- Medical bills (hospitalization, surgery costs, physical therapy session fees, medication and drug costs, future treatments, and more)
- Property damage (replacement of items and repair of anything that was broken or damaged)
- Lost income (benefits, promotions, wages, and future payment if you could not return to work)
- Pain and suffering damages (fear, anxiety, emotional trauma, PTSD, psychological distress, mental anguish)
You should not have to pay for these various expenses or rack up debts because you were hurt by a broken lighter. Zippo should be held accountable for your injuries, and we will ensure that the company covers your losses.
What is the deadline to sue Zippo for injuries from a defective lighter?
If you wish to file a product liability lawsuit, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to do so. California’s statute of limitations prevents victims of defective product accidents, as well as any victim of personal injury, from suing if the injuries occurred more than 2 years previous. The statute of limitations allows both parties ample time to collect evidence and ensure that it is not lost or corrupted. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your evidence will start to deteriorate or get lost.
There are a few situations in which the statute of limitations can be extended beyond the 2-year limit, however. This may happen if the victim was under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, and the statute would thus not begin until he turns legal age because minors cannot legally sue. It is less likely for someone to be left incapacitated from the incident or for the defendant to leave the state, but in either case, the statute would be suspended until he returns to health or the defendant returns to California.
To ensure that your lawsuit is filed on time and you do not run the risk of missing out on your worthwhile compensation, speak with our attorneys today. We will be able to sue Zippo for your injuries. We file everything on time and your documents will never be missing or late.
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No matter what time of day you want to reach us, you can call (855) 339-8879
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, contact our team
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