In a press release, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Nordica USA agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $214,000 in order to resolve CPSC staff allegations that the company knowingly failed to immediately report a safety defect and hazard in their products.
In the fall of 2008, Nordica USA found there were roughly 200 reports of warranty claims related to their XBi ALU Skis. The binding plates were consistently cracking and breaking, posing a serious fall hazard to consumers. The CPSC staff alleged that Nordica USA knew the skis binding plates were defective and the corresponding danger to consumers, yet the company failed to report this information to the CPSC immediately.
By February 2009, Nordica USA and the CPSC announced the recall of approximately 4,500 pairs of the defective skis. No injuries were reported to the company or the CPSC in relation to the recall.
Nordica USA continues to deny CPSC staff allegations that the company knowingly violated the law.
As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I’m aware of the seriousness of this type of recall and am relieved to learn that no one was harmed by the defective product in question. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your city.