Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. Recently, the CPSC issued the following recall notices related to products that present fire hazards:

Nantucket Distributing Recalls Pre-Lit Christmas Trees Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)

Arctic Cat Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)

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Curio Design Recalls Modular Lights and Bases


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On January 4, 2017, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Curio Design Recalls Modular Lights and Bases Due to Shock and Fire Hazards (Recall Alert)

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Boosted Recalls Electric Skateboards


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On January 12, 2017, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Boosted Recalls Electric Skateboards Due to Fire Hazard.

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Toshiba Expands Recall of Laptop Computer Battery Packs


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On January 4, 2017, the CPSC issued the following expanded recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Toshiba Expands Recall of Laptop Computer Battery Packs Due to Burn and Fire Hazards.

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Colorado’s Court of Appeals Considers How the Statute of Repose Applies in Multi-Contractor Construction Cases


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In Sierra Pacific Industries v. Bradury, 2016 Colo. App. Lexis 1274, 2016 COA 132 (September 8, 2016), Sierra Pacific Industries, Inc. (Sierra Pacific), a subcontractor hired to supply windows and doors on a condominium construction project, filed an indemnification action against Jason Bradbury, d/b/a Bradbury Construction, Inc. (Bradbury), a sub-subcontractor Sierra Pacific hired to install windows and doors. After the trial court granted summary judgment in Bradbury’s favor, the Court of Appeals of Colorado addressed whether Colorado’s six-year statute of repose for construction defect claims, C.R.S. § 13-8-104, barred Sierra Pacific’s claims against Bradbury. In particular, the court addressed the question of whether the tolling period for indemnification claims set forth in § 13-8-104(b)(1) tolls the repose period. The court also addressed how the phrase “substantial completion” should be interpreted in multi-contractor construction cases. Finally, the court considered whether Sierra Pacific could rely on the “repair doctrine” to extend the “substantial completion” date, the date on which the statute of repose begins to run. Sierra Pacific reminds us that, when a defendant invokes a construction defect statute of repose to defeat a plaintiff’s claims, it is important to analyze how the jurisdiction at issue defines the phrase “substantial completion” and how it applies tolling arguments to the statute of repose.

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LG Electronics Recalls Portable Air Conditioners


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On December 16, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

LG Electronics Recalls Portable Air Conditioners Due to Fire Hazard

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Masterbuilt LP Gas Smoker and Orbit Self-Balancing Scooter Recalls


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. Recently, the CPSC issued the following recall notices related to products that present fire hazards:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Masterbuilt-Recalls-LP-Gas-Smokers

https://cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/World-Trading-Recalls-Orbit-Self-Balancing-Scooters-and-Hoverboards

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Target Re-announces Recall of Menorahs Due to Fire Hazard


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On December 6, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Target Re-announces Recall of Menorahs Due to Fire Hazard

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Gree Re-Announces Dehumidifier Recall Following 450 Fires


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On November 29, 2016, the CPSC issued the following re-announced recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Gree Re-announces Dehumidifier Recall Following 450 Fires and $19 Million in Property Damage; Brand Names Include Frigidaire, Soleus Air, Kenmore and Others

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Kidde Recalls Combination Smoke/CO Alarms


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In subrogation cases where the insured’s damages were caused by a defective product, the fact that the product at issue is or was subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may help to establish that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s possession and control. On November 10, 2016, the CPSC issued the following recall notice related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Kidde Recalls Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

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