July 22, 2015 — A federal lawsuit has been filed by a woman who was permanent disfigured by burns on her face and neck after a defective table torch made by Big Lots exploded as she was trying to blow it out.
NBC News10 reports that the lawsuit was filed by Mari Linn Lacovara in Camden, New Jersey (CV-01953-JBS-AMD).
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled about 30,000 tabletop torches in August 2013 after receiving 20 reports of liquid fuel exploding with high flames.
Seven people had minor burns. The CPSC said two people had severe second- or third-degree burns:
“One of the serious burn injuries involved burns to the legs and abdomen and a second victim received burns all over the body while attempting to extinguish the flames. All of the incidents involved property damage.”
Other lawsuits have already been filed, including a wrongful death claim in Texas. KXAN News reported that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man who died from third-degree burns covering over 65% of his body.
Another incident was reported in North Carolina by WCNC News. The victim, 46 year-old Bill Trull, said the torch exploded “like a grenade.” He was burned on his legs and face and missed a month of work.
Do I have a Big Lots Table Torch Injury Lawsuit?
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