Breaking News: AmazonBasics Electronics May Burst Into Flames
A recent CNN report linked AmazonBasics products like USB cables to a heightened risk of fires. The report cited over 1,500 user reviews where USB cables, microwaves, and other electronics started smoking, sparking, or shooting out flames. In response, customers have called for a recall on the products and some have filed AmazonBasics lawsuits.
AmazonBasics Linked to Fires & Explosions
CNN found that over 70 AmazonBasics products had customer reviews complaining about smoke, fires, or explosions.
AmazonBasics products linked to fires include:
- Surge protectors
- USB cables
The report noted that at least 100 reviewers said they had been shocked and/or burned from AmazonBasics products. In some cases, these injuries can be very severe.
In 2017, a 20-year-old suffered second-degree burns and throat damage from breathing in smoke after his phone charger started a house fire. He had to be hospitalized and later received compensation through an AmazonBasics settlement for his injuries.
The CNN report also notes several close calls, including ones where children may have been put at risk of getting burned by exploding devices.
What Are AmazonBasics Products?
AmazonBasics are a wide range of products created by the company as alternatives to brand-name goods. In theory, these products are cheaper — and just as high-quality — as the other goods sold on Amazon.
However, the increasing number of people complaining about AmazonBasics electronics catching fire is very concerning. Even worse: Amazon may have known about the problems for years without doing enough to address them.
CNN noted that Amazon reported issues with several of its electronics to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) multiple times since 2012. The reports centered on issues similar to those noted in the negative reviews.
That said, the company has issued a formal recall on only two AmazonBasics electronics: a space heater and a portable power bank. Many other products, though, have not been recalled.
For example, the AmazonBasics microwave is still for sale despite an instance where it ignited while an 8-year-old was using it. Many other reviews describe similar horror stories.
Choosing an AmazonBasics Lawyer
In past cases, customers who suffered burns or other injuries from AmazonBasics accessed compensation with the help of attorneys. AmazonBasics lawyers were able to file lawsuits on behalf of the victims and secure financial payouts for them.
If you or someone you love was injured from these products, you may be able to pursue compensation with help from an AmazonBasics attorney too.
The attorneys at Sokolove Law are well-equipped to handle personal injury cases like these. Our team has secured over $1.4 Billion for clients injured by defective products such as 3M® earplugs, breast implants, and hip replacement parts.
Sokolove Law & AmazonBasics Law Firms
Amazon is one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing companies. If it cannot create products that are consistently safe, they need to be held accountable.
Thankfully, law firms are willing to help consumers who suffered serious injuries from AmazonBasics products.
A defective product law firm can:
- Gather information needed to file a lawsuit
- Properly file a lawsuit on your behalf
- Work to secure as much compensation possible in your case
Sokolove Law is a firm with over 40 years of experience in helping people file personal injury lawsuits. Our firm is committed to helping those harmed by large corporations get the help they need.
As more information is revealed about dangerous AmazonBasics products, Sokolove Law will continue to provide updates so consumers can stay safe.