80,000 Sharper Image USB Wall chargers are being recalled. The chargers can overheat and smoke, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The manufacturer has received 13 reports of the chargers overheating and causing smoking and acrid smells. Luckily no serious injuries have been reported.
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As an experienced Virginia (VA) Defective and Faulty Products attorney I know that a "defective product" is one that causes injury as a result of a flaw or deficiency in the product such as labeling, construction, or how the product was used. The manufacturer of the product that caused the injury, in addition to the individuals involved in the chain of commerce such as the provider, are liable for injuries caused by these defective products. The Sharper Image wall chargers certainly fall under this category. Sadly brand names aren’t as safe as they used to be. This particular product carries the name Sharper Image but was manufactured cheaply in China. The chargers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx stores and on various websites from October 2011 through September 2012. If you have one of these devices stop using it immediately.
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