The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently put out recalls for two electronic products that could cause burns of fire hazards.
At this time of year, every consumer must be aware of what they are purchasing, especially when considering the vast amount of electronics products that are on the market. Technology is always changing and companies are clamoring to get the first great product on the shelves to maximize profits.
But consumer protection should be the No. 1 goal of companies when it sometimes isn't. Our defective product attorneys are prepared to help everyday people when they are injured because of the recklessness of businesses that cut corners in manufacturing products in order to make big profits.
In many cases, companies will produce a children's toy, a drug or even a 3,000-pound vehicle without taking into consideration all potential problems. They may rush the product into manufacturing and then to consumers without properly conducting safety tests.
Sadly, it may take an accident or a death before the company agrees to recall the product, even though federal standards require companies to notify the government within 24 hours of discovering an injury or death from one of their products. Many times, they will risk a large fine from the CPSC and instead leave the product on the shelf to try to make as much money as possible, regardless of the dangers.
However, the consumer must take responsibility, too. You shouldn't necessarily trust that the company making the product is going to do the right thing in ensuring your safety.
The CPSC recently recalled two electronics products because they could burn someone or catch fire. In one case, a Michigan-based company, Morphie, recalled its iPod Touch rechargeable external battery case because it's possible a person could get burned by it.
The Morphie Juice Pack Air rechargeable external battery has a lithium polymer battery built into a casing made of plastic that is designed to attach to the back of an iPod Touch 4G MP3 music player. The company received word from consumers -- 100 users said the product became warm to the touch, in 44 cases the product became deformed and there were nine reports of people receiving minor burns.
Only cases with numbers TR113 to TR120 are subjected to the recall. They were sold at B&H Photo, Barnes & Noble, InMotion Entertainment, J&R Music World, Marine Corps Exchange stores, Amazon.com and morphie.com for $50 since April.
A second product -- the Rocketfish Model RF-KL12 battery case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS was recently recalled after consumers found that the battery case can overheat and cause a fire hazard while its charging.
The product was imported from China by Best Buy and more than 31,000 have been sold nationwide. In 14 instances, people found that the battery case that is designed to hold the phone and comes with a built-in battery overheated. There were four reports of minor property damage and three situations where a person received minor injuries.
The products were sold exclusively at Best Buy from April 2010 to September 2011 and sold for between $10 and $60. The CPSC recommends not using the product and contacting Best Buy for a refund and instructions on how to return the product.