Two Illinois consumers have filed a proposed class action in which they claim Conair’s Infiniti Pro Hair Styler Series 259Y blow dryer can spark and catch fire.
Filed in Cook County Circuit Court, the case alleges each plaintiff sustained burns to their right wrists and/or forearms after Conair’s blow dryer sparked and caught fire. The plaintiffs further claim that the blow dryers’ “safety plugs,” which are designed to “recognize a change in the electrical current,” failed to stop the product from sparking. According to the lawsuit, there’s reason to believe hundreds of Illinois consumers have bought Conair’s Infiniti Pro Hair Styler, Series 259Y, across the state.
The case contests that the defendant’s product is “unreasonably dangerous” in a number of respects, including that the blow dryer was “designed in such a way as to allow it to spark and catch fire.” The suit further alleges the Infiniti Pro Hair Styler comes without adequate instructions or warnings outlining its hazards, that the product’s safety plug can malfunction, and that the cord can wear down prematurely, causing it to arch and presenting a spark or fire risk.
“As a proximate cause of the aforesaid, Plaintiffs and Class members have become disabled, disfigured, incurred pain and suffering and will sustain pain and suffering in the future, incurred medical expenses and will incur medical and hospital expenses in the future,” the complaint reads.
Conair Corporation, the lawsuit says, was “well aware” of the apparent spark-and-fire defect in its Infiniti Pro Hair Styler yet concealed this information from consumers to “make a profit, to maintain an edge over its competitors, and to place consumers under the false belief that its products were safe.” The suit claims that absent Conair’s concealment of the dangers associated with the product, consumers would not have purchased, or would have paid less for, the blow dryers.
The lawsuit looks to cover consumers in Illinois who bought a Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Styler, Series 259Y, between the date the product was first made available and the present, as well as those who were injured by the blow dryer in Illinois at any time between February 24, 2019 and the present.