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Consumers sue over defective garden hose

It's gardening season in Minnesota. The weather is finally warm enough for people to come outside and work in their yards. One handy gardening tool that many people need is a good hose. While there are many variety of hoses available, a popular option has been a pocket hose. This hose is smaller, light-weight and made of a fabric material. It is supposed to be easier to store and use when compared with traditional rubber hoses. Therefore, pocket hoses have been sold to millions of consumers who are interested in making gardening easier.

However, despite its benefits, many people are claiming that pocket hoses have product design defects that create problems for consumers. Consumers claim that the fabric on the hose rots away leaving cheap flimsy rubber. In some cases, consumers have even claimed that these hoses can explode.

Therefore, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the manufacturer of these hoses. Until June 20, the company is offering to settle some claims by consumers. If consumers have the original receipt and the hose they can get up to $20 from the manufacturer. If the hose or receipt are no longer available, the amount goes down.

When defective products lead to consumer injuries, taking a company's original settlement offer may not be the best decision for a consumer. Design or manufacturing defects can lead to serious injuries that effect a person's quality of life for years to come. However, with the right legal help, a products liability suit can help the consumer recover damages for the pain and losses the person has suffered. This compensation can help Minnesota residents move on from the damage caused by a defective product.

Source: The Clarion-Ledger, "Consumer Watch: "Pocket hose" class-action claims product is defective," Bill Moak, May 20, 2014

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