Here at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we firmly believe that product manufacturers have an obligation to market safe products to the public. Fortunately for consumers, this belief is also the law, but there are still companies who do not follow the rules. Releasing products before extensively testing them is dangerous, and can easily result in injuries among consumers, and even deaths. Keep reading to learn about the recent Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall and how it impacts consumers.
A Potential Fire Hazard
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a popular Android device that has managed to charm millions of consumers around the world. With its large screen size and intuitive design, the Galaxy Note 7 has been purchased by numerous wireless customers. Unfortunately, issues with the phone’s design were brought to light when a passenger’s Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest Airlines plane. Luckily, no one was injured, but all passengers and crew were forced to evacuate the cabin. The owner of the phone said that the phone was purchased from an AT&T store in late September of 2016. He also stated that the phone showed no signs of overheating or malfunctioning.
As a result of this issue, Samsung has issued a voluntary recall notice to all of its customers and has offered to replace the dangerous Note 7s for free. The company recommends that all Note users immediately turn off their phones and exchange it for a new one, even if it does not show signs of overheating. When a customer is ready to exchange their phone, they should contact their wireless carrier or head to one of their carrier’s retail locations.
Understanding Your Rights and Legal Options
Such recalls show how a dangerous product can make it to the market and endanger the lives of its users. Legally, it is the manufacturer’s job to ensure that a product is safe to use and ready to be marketed to the public, and if they fail to do this, they can be held liable if their product injures or kills a consumer. If you are injured by a dangerous product, it is important that you find a lawyer with the experience and knowledge you need to win your case. Large corporations are notoriously difficult to take on, and you will want the best attorney possible on your side.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is made up of leading New Jersey product liability attorneys who can help you determine this. Contact our legal practice today at (609) 240-0040 to speak with a lawyer.