The harm that can be caused by a defective product can be significant. Retailer Barnes & Noble recently recalled power adapters sold with Nook tablets due to the risk of a potential shock hazard. Approximately 147,000 units are impacted by the recall. The casing of the power adapter can break when the power adapter is plugged into an electrical outlet which can expose the metal prongs of the power adapter, causing the risk of an electrical shock.
The retailer has received four reports of the power adapter breaking or the power adapter pulling apart and exposing the metal prongs which presents an electrical shock hazard. Consumers are advised to immediately discontinue use of the power adapter and can register online for a free replacement and $5 Barnes & Noble gift card. The power adapters were sold from November 2016 to January 2017.
The dangers associated with defective products can be serious. Depending on the nature of the product defect, victims may suffer injuries and other types of harm. As a result, products liability legal options are available to help victims recover compensation for the harm they have suffered because of a dangerous or defective product. It is important for victims to have access to protections when harmed by a dangerous or defective product.
Victims can recover damages, including physical, financial and emotional damages, depending on the specific nature of the harm they have suffered. Each situation is unique which is why it is essential for victims of defective products to understand the system of protections in place to assist them when they have been harmed.
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Barnes & Noble Recalls Power Adapters Sold with NOOK Tablet 7 Due to Shock Hazard," Feb. 1, 2017