Family settles defective heater case for $18.275 Million
Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Co. of Chicago paid $18.275 million in a defective heater lawsuit. In this product liability case, the plaintiffs successfully showed that the Sun 1 model radiant portable electric heater had a defective rotary switch, and had been subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission which found the switch was subject to overheating during normal use. The heater was being used in the residence when it caught fire, killng two and severely injuring one person. The survivor's injuries included hypoxic brain injury and massive burning and disfigurement.