Her family says in a lawsuit filed against Jacuzzi Brands and six suppliers and installers that she was in her walk-in tub in February 2014 when she tried to pull the drain plug so she could get out, reports Courthouse News.
But the plug was defective and the drain system didn’t work, the suit alleges. With the Jacuzzi full of water, she was unable to open the door to leave. When her friends couldn’t reach her for a few days, they went to check on her and found her dead in the tub.
The administrator of her estate filed the lawsuit claiming negligence, strict liability, and failure to warn, claiming that Jacuzzi and those who installed the tub should have known the tub “had a design and/or manufacturing defect” that made it “unreasonably dangerous and potentially deadly.”
According to the family’s suit, the plug and drain system posed an unreasonable safety risk; defendants did not warn her about potential safety hazards; negligently designed, tested, manufactured and installed the walk-in Jacuzzi tub; and did not give her effective instructions or warnings on its use. The family is seeking punitive damages.
We’ve reached out to Jacuzzi Brands for comment, and will update this story when we hear back.
Defective Jacuzzi Called a Deadly Trap [Courthouse News]