$500,000 Penalty for IKEA Candle Flare Up
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Nov 25, 2008 in Product Recalls
IKEA North America has agreed to pay the U.S. government $500,000 for failing to immediately report incidents about defective outdoor candles.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission alleged that IKEA failed to report the faulty product in a timely manner. The candles could unexpectedly flare up, posing fire and burn injury hazards to consumers when they attempted to blow out the candles.
Remember, there are three main ways in which a product may be defective:
Manufacturing Defect: The product is not inherently defective, but rather became defective at some point during the manufacturing process. In most cases, the victim is required to prove the manufacturer's negligence is the cause of the product's defect, except in cases of strict liability. In cases of strict liability, the victim only needs to prove the product was defective.
Design Defect: A flaw in the design of the product makes it unreasonably safe for the consumer. In most cases, design defects are inherent, and exist in the product from its inception.
Marketing defect: The product was not sufficiently labeled, and the consumer was not provided with proper instructional materials and warnings of the products' potential dangers.
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers have a legal and ethical obligation to create, produce, and sell reasonably safe products that will not cause harm or injury to a consumer. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured every year in accidents that resulted from the use of defective products. If the people responsible for putting these products on the marketplace took additional steps to ensure consumer safety, many of these injuries and accidents could be avoided.
If you have sustained an injury in an accident caused by the use of a defective product, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your pain, suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, and financial loss.