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Product Recall

Cooper Lighting Recalls Solar/Battery Powered Light Fixtures


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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 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 October 11, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Cooper Lighting Recalls Solar/Battery Powered Light Fixtures Due to Fire Hazard.

According to the CPSC, “[t]he batteries in the solar-powered light fixtures can overheat and cause the light fixture’s housing to melt, posing a fire hazard.”

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Briggs & Stratton Recalls Portable Generator Fuel Tank Replacement Caps


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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 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 October 10, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Briggs & Stratton Recalls Portable Generator Fuel Tank Replacement Caps, Due to Fire Hazard.

According to the CPSC, “[t]he fuel tank replacement caps lack ventilation holes which allow pressure to build up in the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.”

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Pointing out a Problem

California Supreme Court Holds That Evidence of Industry Custom and Practice May Be Admissible in a Design Defect, Strict Product Liability Case


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In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., 6 Cal.5th 21 (Cal. 2018), the Supreme Court of California considered whether the trial court properly allowed the defendant to introduce evidence of industry custom and practice in defense of a strict product liability design defect case. The Supreme Court held that the evidence was relevant and admissible because it was introduced to address the feasibility and cost of alternative product designs, and not to show that the defendant acted reasonably. The court’s holding establishes that, while evidence of industry custom and practice is not admissible to prove or disprove fault in strict liability cases, it is admissible for other purposes, such as analyzing whether a product was defectively designed under the risk-benefit test. Continue reading

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Product Recall

Traeger Grills Recalls Wood Pellet Grills


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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 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 September 25, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Traeger Grills Recalls Wood Pellet Grills Due to Fire Hazard.

According to the CPSC, grease can leak from the drip tray, posing a fire hazard.

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Hawthorne Hydroponics Recalls Humidifiers


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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 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 September 5, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Hawthorne Hydroponics Recalls Humidifiers Due to Fire and Shock Hazards.

According to the CPSC, the humidifiers can overheat while in use.

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Xtava Recalls Allure Hair Dryers


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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 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 August 15, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Xtava Recalls Allure Hair Dryers Due to Fire, Burn and Electrical Shock Hazards.

According to the CPSC, “[t]he hair dryer and power cord can overheat and catch on fire, posing fire, burn and electrical shock hazards.”

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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 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 August 2, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recalls related to products that present fire and/or explosion hazards:

Zebra Technologies Expands Recall of Power Supply Units for Thermal Printers Due to Fire Hazard

Miller Fireworks Recalls Fireworks Due to Violation of Federal Standard; Explosion and Burn Hazards.

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Fire

Minnesota Clarifies the “Machinery/Equipment” Exception to the Statute of Repose for Improvements to Real Property and Adopts Test for Establishing a Post-Sale Duty to Warn


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In a recent decision, Great Northern Ins. Co. v. Honeywell Int’l, Inc., 2018 Minn. LEXIS 236, the Supreme Court of Minnesota addressed two important legal questions: (1) did the “machinery and equipment” exception to Minnesota’s statute of repose for improvements to real property allow the plaintiff to bring claims against the manufacturer of a component part used in a home’s heat-recovery ventilator; and (2) did the defendant have a post-sale duty to warn the plaintiff? In answering the first question, the court clarified the meaning of the term “machinery” as used in Minnesota’s statute of repose. In answering the second question, the court adopted a test to apply to determine the circumstances under which a defendant in a product’s chain of distribution has a post-sale duty to warn. Continue reading

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall


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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 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 June 5, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Keyera Energy Recalls to Inspect Propane Gas Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards.

According to the CPSC, the recalled propane gas does not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak.

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Kohler Recalls Automatic Transfer Switches for Kohler Generators


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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 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 May 23, 2018, the CPSC announced the following recall related to a product that presents a fire hazard:

Kohler Recalls Automatic Transfer Switches for Kohler Generators Due to Fire Hazard.

According to the CPSC, this recall involves Kohler 100-amp service entrance rated automatic transfer switches used with Kohler brand residential and commercial generators.

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