Sierra Nevada, a brewery based in California, issued a voluntary recall of 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs of various labels, including its flagship Pale Ale. This comes after the discovery of a packaging flaw at a specific brewery in North Carolina. The manufacturing error at this location made it possible for glass to chip and fall into the bottle. Broken glass is very dangerous and this defect may cause serious injury.
This chipped glass is said to be present in approximately 1 in 10,000 bottles from this manufacturer between December 5, 2016 and January 13, 2017. The defective packaging affects one of the most popular craft beers in the nation, the Pale Ale, on packaging dates from December 5 to December 8, 2016. As the brewery that produced this dangerous product is located in Mills Valley, North Carolina, it has an M on the packaging. Beers brewed in California, which are not affected by this recall, have a C on the packaging. Consumers should check any six-pack of 12 ounce beers for the letter M on the cardboard packaging it comes in. These beers should not be consumed but should be carefully disposed of. Buyers can go to Sierra Nevada’s website and fill out an online form for a full refund of the price of purchase. Although California isn’t affected, speak with an injury lawyer in San Diego if you have any specific questions regarding this recall or another product defect.
There have been no confirmed reports of injury or claims so far, though the company is still conducting an investigation of the depth and breadth of the problem. Sierra Nevada is motivated to replace as much of the beer as quickly as possible, expressing concern for the safety of their customers. The company claims to check production quality at 6 checkpoints, yet some of the affected bottles somehow could’ve landed on shelves in your neighborhood grocery store. It is surprising that such a respected company could let something as dangerous as shards of glass into their beloved beers.
Companies have an obligation to create a responsible product that will not cause harm when used as intended. Creating a subpar product that results in the presence of glass in a beverage is an unreasonable negligence that endangers the public. This is not a common occurrence- especially on this scale- and should be taken very seriously. As companies have a legal obligation not to endanger the public, Sierra Nevada or the manufacturer could be held liable for any injuries resulting from this negligent distribution. Speak with an injury lawyer in San Diego if you or someone you know has suffered injuries from a product defect.
Possible injuries from interaction with this defective product may include and are not limited to:
Sierra Nevada Brewery Co is a popular brand for many reasons. One of which is their eclectic list of products. The manufacturer’s negligence has affected the following labels:
As mentioned above, California is not affected because the beer is produced in Chico, CA. But there are a handful of states that are affected:
*Note that no California beers are affected.
Should an individual not receive notice of this danger in time and become injured when consuming Sierra Nevada beers, they may have a case for compensation. Negligence laws protect consumers who are injured by a product when used as intended or in another foreseeable way. Especially since Sierra Nevada has already issued a recall, thus admitting to a defect, individuals harmed by this product may have a straightforward case.
If you have been harmed by a Sierra Nevada beer from the Mills River, North Carolina brewery, it is important you communicate with a knowledgeable injury lawyer in San Diego who will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve