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Kaz Heating Pad Class Action Settlement

By Kimberly Mirando

 

Kaz SoftHeat Heating Pad

UPDATE: A federal court approved the Kaz Heating Pad Class Action Lawsuit Settlement on June 11, 2013.


A proposed class action lawsuit settlement has been reached with Kaz USA Inc. over allegations it deceptively labeled and advertised its electronic heating pads by omitting the fact that the pads could burn consumers if used a certain way. California residents that purchased a SoftHeat, SmartHeat, Dunlap or Kaz electric heating pad within the last seven years can receive up to $20 from the class action settlement.

The Kaz heating pad settlement will resolve a 2010 class action lawsuit, titled Beck-Ellman v. Kaz USA Inc., that claims the packages for Kaz heating pads were misleading and lacked information that a consumer would use to determine whether or not to purchase the product. Specifically, the packaging did not state that the heating pads could cause burns when used in common positions or ways.  The class action lawsuit further claims that Kaz violated various state and federal warranty laws by selling a product that cannot be used normally, such as while sleeping or lying on your stomach.

Kaz denies the allegations but has agreed to pay between $1.45 million and $2.7 million to resolve the litigation. In addition, the company will make several changes to the boxes and packaging for its electric heating pads, including removing pictures of models lying on the pads and adding a warning not to sit on or lie on the pads.

Class Members of the Kaz heating pad class action settlement include all California residents who purchased a Kaz-manufactured or distributed electric heating pad for personal, family or household use between October 13, 2006 and January 7, 2013. These heating pads or their packaging stated: “Kaz,” “SoftHeat,” “Dunlap,” or “1-800-477-0457.”

Class Members who submit valid Claim Forms can expect to receive approximately $10-$20 from the class action lawsuit settlement. The amount of money you will receive will depend on how many people file valid claims.

The deadline to submit a claim is June 17, 2013. A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for June 10, 2013.

Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Kaz Electric Heating Pad Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.ElectricHeatingPadSettlement.com.

 

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Updated June 14th, 2013

 

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14 Comments

  • SAVAGE February 26, 2013

    in 2010 the va disposed of my heating pad due it causing 2nd dree burns , i do not have it anymore

  • carole February 27, 2013

    My husband suffered a burn in Nov. 2012 from this heating pad on his r. hip..We unfortunately are not CA residents so can’t put in a claim. It took over 2 months for this burn to heal.

  • DEBRA PAPADOPULOS March 8, 2013

    I SUFFERED BURNS ON MY RIGHT SIDE BECAUSE MY HEATING PAD GOT SO HOT.

  • Richard johnson March 10, 2013

    I so feel the burn From this heating pad After I fell asleep on it I have 1 but I’m not a California resident What are my rights if I’m not a California resident.

  • Richard johnson March 10, 2013

    I was also burned by this heating pad but I’m not a California resident

  • Eileen March 21, 2013

    Same brand, different state. Why, not for the other states?

  • Judy March 22, 2013

    Hope I can find the receipt for this item. Even though a receipt is not necessary, I forgot what I paid.

  • Mary M. May 29, 2013

    #1,2,3,4,5 You’ll are so right, I was using it for my back, fall asleep, got so hot, burn my hand, no blisters. even the cord was hot, I unplug it.

  • Justin August 19, 2013

    I received my 20.00 check today…

  • Callie August 20, 2013

    Received $20 check today in Oklahoma.

  • jennell August 21, 2013

    received 20.00 yesterday good good good

  • Angel August 21, 2013

    ME AND MY MOM GOT A $20. CHECK. WHAT A BLESSING.

  • don moore November 20, 2013

    i have one of the heating pads . i got a 2nd degree burn with the heating pad it left me with a nasty scar on my back .i never thought about it. i just stumbeled across the web page. i still have the heating pad

  • Mary June 20, 2014

    I stumbled across this page while I was looking to purchase a second Dunlap heating pad as it is one of the few on the market that actually get hot enough to do any good.

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