Fireplace Cos. Face Class Action Over Burn Hazards

Law360, New York (May 4, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT) -- The companies behind the Valor brand of gas fireplaces were hit with a class action in California on Monday contending that the products are a safety hazard and that consumers were never properly warned about the alleged risks.

Named plaintiff Sean Whelan argues the glass front of the fireplaces can reach excessive temperatures that can cause third-degree burns from even momentary contact, and accuses defendants BDR Thermea, Baxi Group and Miles Industries Ltd. of unfair business practices, violating the state Consumer Legal Remedies Act and unjust...
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