In the age of technology and information, digital products are extremely popular, and arguably often a necessity in some cases, such as phones and computers. If you take a moment and simply look around you, try to count how many pieces of technology you use on a daily or weekly basis you would be surprised.. With such a high use of digital products among the majority of people, it is imperative that these products we use in our daily lives are safe and danger free for our use. However, when companies and manufacturers fail to use the diligence and care required of them by law in making a product, consumers often suffer personal injuries. In these instances, companies can be held liable under a product liability lawsuit for failing to inspect a product for dangers, failing to warn consumers of known dangers, or failing to timely remove a dangerous product from the stream of commerce.
In a recent report by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission the popular technology brand Apple known for the ipod, iphone, and Mac computers, has recalled some of its popular speakers. The product at issue for the recall is the Beats Pill XL Portable Wireless Speakers. They are the subject of recall for the potential of fire hazard. According to the report, the battery in the speakers can overheat, having the potential for fire to start. There are about 222,000 of these units in the United States. The Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers are plastic, capsule-shaped speakers that are about 4 inches tall by 13 inches wide by 4 inches deep. They have a plastic mesh grille on the front and a built-in carrying handle in the back. They can be identified by the “b” logo on the grille and the “beatspillXL” inscribed on the handle. As of recently, Apple has received eight reports of the speakers overheating. One of these reports included a burn incident, where a consumer suffered burns to their fingers and damage to their desk. Consumers should immediately stop using the product.
It is far too often that consumers are injured by products that they use in their ordinary everyday lives. These incidents are not just limited to technology and digital products though either. It is not just technology companies who are culprits for negligence, but pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, and children’s companies as well. Products that are often the subject of lawsuits can include medical devices, medicine, machinery, household cleaners, appliances, toys, clothing, and food. Our lawyers firmly believe that consumers should be able to trust that the products they buy are safe for ordinary use and should not present them with any unnecessary or unexpected dangers. No one should have to suffer personal injuries like burns from a product they bought to play their music and that they would not expect to be in harm’s way from. That is why we make it our mission to hold negligent wrongdoers accountable, prevent the production and sales of future dangerous goods, and to make the marketplace overall safer for everyone.