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Over 1.2 million Good Earth rechargeable lights on recall for overheating

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2024 | Firm News

Rechargeable lights can do wonders for a home. They function like regular fixtures without the need to call an electrician to install additional sockets, switches and electrical wiring. You can install them yourself to brighten dimmer spaces like the inside of cabinets and shelves.

Popular light company Good Earth Lighting has issued a recall for more than 1.2 million of its rechargeable integrated lights. The units have overheating batteries, which could potentially cause the product to catch fire.

According to the company, there have been reports of a consumer who was treated for smoke inhalation when the product overheated and caused a fire in their home and another who died. Nine other incidents of overheating have occurred, six of which resulted in fires.

The lighting company asks consumers to stop using the lights and offers a free replacement light of equal value, including shipping, at no extra charge.

Why do lithium-ion batteries catch fire?

Lithium-ion batteries are compressed with energy and contain highly flammable material. Thermal runaway, a chain reaction caused by overheating, can be a source of fire. This can occur if the battery is damaged, overcharged or short-circuited.

Overheating breaks down the battery’s components, releasing flammable electrolytes. The heat can ignite the electrolyte, causing a fire. Internal short circuits caused by manufacturing defects can also cause sparks to ignite the electrolyte. External factors such as exposure to high temperatures or physical damage to the unit can also increase the fire risk.

Filing a product liability lawsuit over defective electronic products

If an electronic product causes injury or harm, you can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. Document the incident to collect evidence. Take photos or videos of the defective product and your injury and gather proof of purchase and product warranty. Seek medical attention and keep medical records and receipts. All of these will be important in building the case.

You may also consider seeking legal counsel for guidance. A legal professional with experience in product liability may help you navigate the complexities of a case against manufacturers and other suppliers liable for your injuries.