VANCOUVER, June 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The Supreme Court of British Columbia has approved a partial settlement of a class action against defendants who designed, manufactured and sold gas burning glass fronted fireplaces in Canada. In the action the plaintiffs claimed that gas fireplaces, inserts and stoves become very hot when turned on and pose a significant danger to anyone, and particularly to young children, who touch the hot glass.
Four of the defendants: Miles Industries Ltd., Canadian Heating Products, Inc., Monessen Hearth Canada, Inc., and Monessen Hearth Systems Company, doing business as Vermont Castings Group, have agreed to provide free protective screens or barriers to class members.
Those defendants sold fireplaces under the names MONTIGO, VALOR, MAJESTIC, VERMONT CASTINGS, MONESSEN, LEXINGTON FORGE, and DUTCH WEST.
If you have a fireplace, fireplace insert or stove of one of the above manufacturers, installed between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2014, you are a potential Class Member and you can obtain free of charge a protective screen or barrier.
Class members must submit their claims within one year – i.e. by no later than June 6, 2016.
All residents of British Columbia who fit the description above are automatically Class Members. Persons living elsewhere in Canada can become Class Members and join the settlement and obtain a free protective screen or barrier by calling the claims administrator or visiting the website below and completing a form by no later than June 6, 2016.
SOURCE Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
For further information: Claim forms and additional information are available online at the administration website www.fireplaceclassaction.com or by calling the claims administrator at 1-877-739-8933.