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Lawsuit Filed Against Polaroid After LCD TVs Stop Working, Some Catch Fire

By Farah & Farah on June 8, 2011

Individual consumers thought that when their Polaroid flat-screen TVs caught fire it was just an individual fluke, but hundreds of defective Polaroid TVs are now the subject of a federal class action lawsuit alleging that consumers were not warned their TVs were a fire hazard. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, claims that five years ago Polaroid know the LCD product could catch fire, smoke and fail, but did not warn consumers. They also allege Polaroid failed to recall the sets when it knew it had a problem, failed to reimburse consumers for the costs of repairs, and concealed the defects.

A consumer with a defective product may be able to file an action for compensation, especially if they have been injured, if the manufacturer produced a defective product or the design of the product was defective as to cause injury. Additionally, a failure to warn customers could be considered another basis for a product liability lawsuit.

The publication ConsumerAffairs contains 30 complaints that are part of the class action. The site reports that the Polaroid LCD TVs use a lot of electricity and operate at a higher temperature than the cathode ray tube sets. As a result, the circuit board and electrical components are subjected to higher temperatures leading to the fires and causing the capacitors to fail.

reports on the lawsuit which alleges Polaroid falsely claimed its LCD TVs were certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which they are not. And Polaroid failed to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about the potential problem and dangers. A failure to do so in the past has led to fines for major manufacturers who withhold information, a violation of federal law.

If you have been injured due to a defective product and/or were not warned adequately of its potential dangers, contact the Florida failure to warn lawyers at Farah & Farah. We can help you determine whether you have a viable claim against a negligent manufacturer. Call our law offices to schedule your free consultation today.


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