Snow Thrower Hazards
A white Christmas is something that many children (and a lot of adults) look forward to. Snow is pretty, and snow can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a pain in the backside when it piles up. Snow throwers make the job of getting rid of these mounds of snow much easier, but they also pose a bit of risk even under the best of circumstances.
Snow throwers are essentially motor-driven auger blades going at high speed, so there is always a chance that someone who doesn’t know how to operate it properly will get hurt. In some instances, however, the snow thrower poses a greater than normal risk of injury when there is a defect in the design or certain parts. An example discussed on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® refers to certain brands of snow throwers that were fitted with defective wheel rims. The defect caused the wheels to explode, sending shrapnel that could lead to facial lacerations and amputated fingers. The website identified snow throwers manufactured from July 2004 to March 2006 for Craftsman, Yard Machines, and Troy-Bilt brands, and lawsuits were filed against responsible parties.
More recently, another brand of snow throwers was put on the legal hot seat, this time for a tendency of the motor to catch fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) identified All Power America single stage snow throwers (model number SBO44P) sold in hardware stores between September 2012 and December 2013. The problem was traced to the carburetor needle which corroded with prolonged exposure to Chinese gasoline. This led to a fuel leak which would then simply require a spark to set it off.
The dangers of these defective snow throwers are obvious, and should be address. Negligent manufacturers or retailers may be held accountable for any injuries these products may cause. Contact a competent personal injury lawyer in your area for more information.