Chicago-based Sears has been named in a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that the company was negligent when installing household dryers. The suit claims that Sears, and four other companies, were negligent in ignoring the fire hazards created by installing metal foil exhaust with plastic vents. The US Department of Homeland Security has data to show that dryers were implicated in 15,000 house fires that caused 15 deaths between 2002 and 2004. There was no report whether a products liability lawsuit, personal injury lawsuit, or wrongful death lawsuit was filed in conjunction with the class action.
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