In many cases, before a product is released for public use, it undergoes rigorous testing to determine it is safe, functional and effective in performing its purpose. However, there are times when manufacturing defects are overlooked which can create a significant hazard for users of affected products. Unfortunately, there are scenarios where consumers in California unknowingly use a defective product resulting in serious injuries or even death.
This was exactly what happened to a hunter in Iowa when a rifle he was using exploded resulting in serious injuries to his face, right ear and hand. The man claimed he did not do anything differently on the opening day of the 2014 deer hunt. When he aimed his loaded rifle at a target, the barrel violently exploded and threw him backward. Investigations revealed that the man was not the only consumer who had complained about the function of the rifle. Several other customers filed complaints alleging that the stainless-steel muzzle exhibited defective performance when the barrel split, exploded or burst. The firearms manufacturer defended their product and blamed the injuries on user error. They concluded that gun owners were using the wrong type or amount of gunpowder or incorrectly loading ammunition. The man filed a lawsuit against the company and is seeking damages related to his injuries.
If someone has been injured because of a defective product, they may benefit from the professional help of a qualified attorney. Enlisting the help of a legal expert can provide guidance and support in building a case that effectively alleges neglect during the manufacturing process.
Source: foxbusiness.com, "Injured hunter takes Savage Arms to court over exploding rifle," Dec. 5, 2017