Android, iPhone Making Headlines – But Not the Good Kind
This week, we have several new lawsuits that we need to delve into. First up, we have a case filed against Peloton over safety concerns surrounding its Tread+ treadmill. Then, we’ll touch on a lawsuit that’s been filed over the water resistance claims Apple’s made about its ever-popular iPhone. Android users aren’t going to be left out of this issue either; Samsung is facing litigation over the Galaxy S20’s camera and its tendency to suddenly shatter. Speaking of Samsung, the titan of phones and appliances is the subject of another lawsuit that says the company’s black stainless steel appliance finish is nothing more than a “thin plastic coating” that tends to peel and flake prematurely. Keep reading for details on these cases, as well as the latest in settlement news.
According to a recently filed lawsuit, Peloton’s popular Tread+ treadmill suffers from “significant design flaws” that make it unfit for use in a home with children, as they can become trapped underneath the machine during operation. The suit says that at least one child has died as a result of injuries sustained after coming into contact with the Tread+ treadmill, and “several dozen” additional reports of injuries have been investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has specifically stated that consumers should stop using the Tread+ if there are small children or pets at home and after first denying any risk with its product, Peloton decided on May 5 to initiate a recall. Take a closer look at the case and the allegations being made right here.
When it comes to picking out a smartphone, assurances of durability have become a major selling point for consumers. Apple, for instance, constantly promotes its iPhone’s ability to withstand water damage. According to a proposed class action lawsuit, however, these claims may have been overstated. Apple reportedly attained its water-resistant certification using highly controlled laboratory standards that are rarely reproduced in the real world – i.e., they’re not dropping the phones in a pool or the ocean, as you or I might. The lawsuit goes on to state that Apple instructs users to rinse their phones should they come in contact with common liquids such as soda, coffee, beer, tea and fruit juices. But according to the case, Apple often uses the rinsing of the iPhones “as a pretext to deny coverage” despite explicitly instructing iPhone owners to take this step. Want more? You can find the details here.
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This settlement covers United States and Canada residents who purchased a ticket through Vivid Seats on or before April 1, 2021 to an event that, between September 29, 2016 and April 1, 2021, was canceled, postponed or rescheduled and has not yet occurred.
Now, for Android users. Cameras are another big selling point in today’s smartphone market – but it doesn’t matter how high quality the pictures are when the camera itself can easily be rendered unusable. For more than a year, Galaxy S20 users have been reporting that the glass encasing their phone’s back camera can shatter under normal use and without any external pressure. According to a recently filed lawsuit, the issue stems from a defect for which Samsung has provided “no meaningful resolution” to – even though it faced a very similar problem with its Galaxy S7 models. While Samsung recently admitted that a pattern of complaints does exist and that the issue is not the consumer’s fault, the company has not changed its policy of denying warranty claims, nor has it recalled the device. If you own this phone, we have you covered.
In our final lawsuit today, we continue to talk about Samsung and possible product defects. A recently filed case claims that the “black stainless steel” finish for some of the company’s Samsung appliances is nothing more than a “thin plastic coating” that’s prone to peel, chip, flake and prematurely degrade with ordinary use. Aside from the appliances simply not looking that good after a couple of years, consumers also must contend with the possibility of ingesting the finish as it flakes or peels off, the lawsuit notes. Samsung has allegedly known of the defect with its black stainless steel for several years yet has not disclosed or provided any information about the problem to consumers. The case goes on to state that Samsung, rather than helping consumers whose appliances have begun displaying the defect, instead “disavows any warranty coverage or responsibility” for the problem while maintaining that, because it considers the defect to be a purely cosmetic issue, it “is obligated to provide no relief to consumers.” You can find the details you need here.
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