Product Liability Class Action Filed Against Fitness Band Maker

All consumer products should go through testing to discover any potential hazards. If risks are discovered, then consumers must be warned of them. When warning labels are not placed on goods that pose a threat of harm, then unsuspecting consumers can be unnecessarily injured.

This is the case with the fitness tracker Fitbit Force, made by Fitbit. Nearly two percent of consumers have complained the band caused a skin rash but were not warned of the risk before purchasing the band. Fitbit has since halted sales of the Force band and issued a voluntary recall. Subsequently, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Fitbit claiming the company failed to adequately warn consumers of the product's risk of skin irritation. Fitbit maintains the rashes may have been caused by allergic reactions to nickel.

Dangerous products can cause a wide array of harm. Some cause rashes and cuts while others can cause severe medical conditions and death. When this happens and individuals suffer a personal injury, then that group of consumers can file a class-action lawsuit against the product's manufacturer. Such a product liability claim will seek to recover compensation that may help victims pay medical expenses, recover their purchase price of the product, recoup lost wages, and ease pain and suffering.

Convincing a judge or jury of product injury can be difficult. In most cases, plaintiffs must show the product posed an unreasonable risk of harm when used as intended, and that risk caused them injuries. A Texas class action attorney can help plaintiffs bring their cases together, gather necessary evidence, and put forth a legal argument that gives them the best chance of success and holds a negligent manufacturer accountable.

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