Motorola Sued over Potentially Harmful Bluetooth Headsets

Motorola Sued over Potentially Harmful Bluetooth Headsets

A man is suing Motorola Inc., in an unsafe product case, claiming the company knew, and failed to warn consumers that its wireless Bluetooth headsets could seriously damage hearing.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in a Chicago U.S. District Court by California man Martin Alpert, who bought one of the headsets, and suffered an unspecified injury.

The headsets in question employ Bluetooth technology, which allows wireless communication between the head set and the cellular phone handset.

The suit said that Motorola had “actual and constructive knowledge” that the headsets “posed a serious risk of harm to consumers from noise-induced hearing loss during the headsets’ normal and intended use.”

According to the suit, the headset’s output varies, producing sounds of over 85 decibels, and sometimes up to as high as 100 decibels, and that Motorola failed to provide users with a way to determine the decibel levels they would experience.

According to experts, prolonged exposure to noises of 85 decibels or higher can gradually cause hearing loss.

The suit alleges that Motorola does not mention anything about the dangers of hearing loss associated with exposure to high decibel levels from its headset in any of the seven pages of safety guidelines that accompany the product.

The suit further claims that Motorola made “false representations, omissions and concealments” in its packaging and accompanying information by not naming the risk.

The suit seeks unspecified damages for its class members. Anyone who purchased any of Motorola’s Bluetooth headsets since 2002 may be included in the class, which can potentially consist of tens of thousands of plaintiffs.

The suit also seeks to prevent Motorola from selling its headsets without warning purchasers of the dangers associated with their use.

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