Honeywell may soon face product liability claims over eyewash

Cartwright - August 28, 2016 - Blog, Products Liability
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The safety and efficacy of any product on the market is important under any circumstances, but this is especially true when the product is used internally or in consumers’ eyes. Because of this, California consumers might want to check their medicine cabinets for an eyewash solution that was recently recalled. Honeywell, the manufacturer of the tainted product, could potentially face incoming product liability suits from consumers injured by its eyewash.

The Eyesaline Eyewash is sold for emergency events, in which an individual who has suffered an injury needs to rinse his or her eyes. It is easy to understand how important it is that eyewash solutions be free of contamination for those who have already suffered an injury to their eyes, but Honeywell is recalling some of its 32-ounce bottles because of some troublesome bacteria. The contamination was discovered during routine testing performed by the company.

Klebsiella pneumoniae — the bacteria discovered in the eyewash solution — can also be found in most people’s mouths and on their skin. However, it is not normally present in eyes. When exposed to the eyes, it can lead to serious infections. The most devastating side effect of these infections can be the threat to eyesight.

Nearly 10,000 individual bottles of Eyesaline Eyewash have been recalled. Although Honeywell has notified its distributors, many consumers who purchase defective products are never made aware of the recall and continue to use dangerous products. When consumers in California are unjustly injured because of a company’s negligence in the manufacturing or distribution of its products, they can achieve necessary compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering by successfully completing product liability claims.

Source:, “Eyewash recalled for possible contamination“, Amanda Cuda, Aug. 22, 2016

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