Samsung Is Not the Only Company with Dangerous Batteries
Almost everyone heard about the debacle Samsung caused with its Galaxy Note 7 phones last year, as the phone batteries were made too compact, which caused them to become excessively hot, to smoke, catch fire, or even explode. The company ended up permanently recalling and ceasing all sales of the product and went back to the drawing board instead.
Now, another tech giant is also responsible for batteries that can reach excessive temperatures, though this time with laptop batteries. Hewlett Packard (HP) initially issued a recall of certain laptops due to battery heat last summer, however, recently received another report of an HP laptop battery that overheated and melted, charring property and causing damage worth approximately $1,000. Therefore, the company issued another recall of about 101,000 laptop batteries.
The recall involves laptops manufactured between 2013 and 2016 of the following types:
- HP ProBook
- HP Pavilion
- HP Envy
- Compaq Presario
The recall is in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and anyone with an HP or Compaq laptop can find more information on the CPSC website. If you must send in for a new battery, you can still use your laptop by plugging it in for power.
When Companies Sell Defective Products
Manufacturing companies can make mistakes just like any other type of human-run organization. Defective products can be all shapes and sizes – from pharmaceuticals to toys to motor vehicles. No matter how big or small, many product defects can cause serious injury to consumers when they least expect it.
When a defective product causes harm, companies can be held accountable for the following types of negligence:
- A designer makes an error that results in every product containing the same defect from the beginning.
- A product is assembled incorrectly or using inadequate materials that cause the defect.
- The company knows of risks of harm but fails to sufficiently warn consumers of these risks on the packaging or instructions.
Determining exactly how the defect came about can be a technical and complicated task and often requires the inspection and opinion of industry experts. For this reason and more, if you or your child is injured by a defective product, you should immediately discuss what happened with an attorney at a law firm with the necessary resources to handle this type of case against a large manufacturer.