Over the years, various models of weed whackers, or string trimmers, have been found to have various defects that can cause injuries for users and bystanders.
In 2006, for example, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled Troy Bilt 4-cycle gasoline trimmers, citing a tendency for the trimmer blade to detach and become airborne, causing injuries.
In 2000, another recall was issued for Weed Wizard replacement trimmer heads because they contained a metal link that could become detached and cause serious injury or death to the operator and bystanders.
When defects such as these and others that pose substantial risk to consumers become known, manufacturers are legally obligated to inform the CPSC and take any precautionary actions necessary to lessen that risk to the public safety.
Unfortunately, many manufacturers of these devices have failed this obligation in the past, leaving weed whackers with serious safety defects on the market. In the case of the defective Weed Wizard trimmer heads, for example, the company allegedly intentionally withheld information about several serious injuries and the death of a three-year-old girl from the CPSC, thus exposing hundreds of thousands of its own customers to a serious risk of injury or wrongful death.
If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident with a weed whacker or similar defective product, you may be able to recover compensation from the manufacturer for the damages that were suffered. The experienced attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers will fight for your rights, ensuring the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome to your claim.