Massachusetts Defective Product Injuries Might Result From Popcorn Maker

Made popcorn lately with the Avon Popcorn Maker? Chances are it was anything but a Jolly Time.

Recently, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled Avon Microwave Popcorn Makers, due to burn and fire hazards and the possibility of injuries from using them. The CPSC has instructed consumers who use this product to cease doing so at once. And remember, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. As of May 16, 2013, it was found that when cooked too long, the popcorn can overheat in the Avon popcorn maker and ignite, causing a fire and posing a possible burn injury to consumers.

Apparently Avon Products has received approximately 20 reports of the popcorn makers overheating. Two episodes resulted in fires, damaging the microwave ovens.

And, in case you were wondering, yes: The manufacturer of this product, Avon, is the same cosmetics company for women that is famous for its tagline, “Avon calling,” and its sales agents who used to sell door-to-door. They have apparently branched out, selling all kinds of products through its independent sales representatives. My own mother used to buy Avon products. As a young kid, I never would have thought that the same company would one day be selling popcorn makers. File under: Go figure.

If you own the Avon popcorn maker, contact the company at www.avon.com, and also contact the CPSC’s toll-free hotline at 800-638-2772.

And what if you’ve been injured due to the Avon popcorn maker — or any other consumer product? In that event you should discuss your injuries with a Boston product liability lawyer. In Massachusetts, product manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure that their products will be safe for consumers to use, when used in the correct manner. But here’s the sad truth – in my experience as a Boston injury lawyer, I’ve found that far too often, manufacturers expend too little money on product safety, and far more on advertising and marketing. And when that happens, a consumer may have a valid claim of injury due to product liability. In that case, you should seek legal counsel to discuss a possible Boston product liability lawsuit.

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