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More than 440,000 defective mugs recalled over burn, laceration risks

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Product Malfunctions |

When you pour a hot beverage into a mug, you trust it’ll hold your drink safely. However, not all mugs are created equal, and some may pose a risk if they cannot withstand high temperatures.

Nestlé USA has issued a recall for over 440,000 Starbucks-branded mugs over risks that the mugs could shatter when filled with extremely hot liquids or microwaved. According to the distributor, it had received 12 incident reports of the mugs overheating or breaking, resulting in 10 injuries – nine severe burn injuries and one finger cut.

The ceramic mugs have a distinctive metallic coating. Target and Walmart sold the mugs in gift sets during last year’s holiday season. Nestlé USA recommended that consumers stop using the mugs and either return them to the store or contact the company for a full refund.

Scalding and laceration hazards

Scalding occurs when hot liquid burns the skin, leading to painful injuries and, in severe cases, require surgical treatment. Lacerations from shattered mug pieces can also be serious, potentially causing nerve damage or requiring stitches.

Either injury will require serious medical attention, which can cost a lot of money.

Your rights after a shattering mug injury

If a defective mug has injured you, you may have the right to seek compensation. Under Indiana’s product liability laws, consumers can file claims for damages caused by a product’s defective design, manufacturing, or inadequate warnings.

However, product liability lawsuits can be complicated. You’ll need strong evidence to prove a defect had caused your injuries and possibly even expert witnesses to provide testimony. If the mug’s manufacturer takes your case to court, you may have to endure a long, protracted legal dispute. Consider legal counsel if you plan to file a lawsuit. An attorney can help review your case, gather witnesses and information, and even represent you in court.

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