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 announced 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 July 7, 2022, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:
Segway Powersports Recalls Fugleman Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert).
According to the CPSC’s website, “[t]he cockpit rear panel between the seats and the cargo bed can overheat and melt the plastic, posing a fire hazard.”
Product images from the CPSC website are set forth below: