Two plaintiffs allege in a proposed class action filed in New Jersey that Conair Corporation’s Infiniti Pro 1875-watt hair dryer suffers from a defect that could cause the product to spark or catch fire.
Echoing the allegations in a suit filed last month, the 28-page complaint claims Conair has cut corners in the manufacturing of its 259 and 279 series hair dryers by failing to perform adequate tests to ensure the products were safe for consumer use. According to the lawsuit, a defect in the Infiniti Pro allows the heater coil in the hair dryer to come into contact with other coils and cause an electrical short. The short could, in turn, cause hot coils to “project out of the dryer posing a burn risk or fire hazard,” the lawsuit says.
The two plaintiffs allege that Conair has never warned consumers about the potentially “serious fire hazard” posed by the Infiniti Pro. Instead, the case claims, the company has advertised the product as equipped with “a professional AC Motor design” that is able to provide “Salon Performance.” The lawsuit argues that no reasonable consumer would have purchased the Infiniti Pro had it been accurately labeled as being prone to short-outs that could cause the product to “catch fire, and/or shoot flames and hot projectiles.”
Emphasized in the case is the allegation that Conair was well aware of the defect in the Infiniti Pro due to a previous recall and class action settlement centered on the product yet has refused to compensate everyone who purchased the defective hair dryer. The plaintiffs claim they and other proposed class members have been left without remedy, as the settlement only covered consumers in New York and California who purchased the hair dryer.
“Despite having knowledge that the Product it sold is dangerous, malfunctions, and otherwise worthless, Conair still refuses to adequately compensate consumers for their purchase of the Product,” the complaint reads. “As a result, Plaintiffs and members of the Classes have been, and continue to be harmed, by purchasing a worthless product under false pretenses that poses a serious fire hazard that could result in personal injury or property damage.”
The lawsuit seeks to represent anyone who purchased the Infiniti Pro 259 or 279 series hair dryer “from the beginning of any applicable limitations period” until the class is certified, excepting those who were part of the previous class action settlement.