A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed against Brookdale International Systems Inc., a division of DuPont Canada. The subsidiary of DuPont was sued in response to its plan to provide prorated refunds to customers for its recalled fire safety devices.
The potentially hazardous systems were marketed as being effective for escaping fires and other smoke emergencies, promising customers 15 minutes of protection from smoke and other toxins. Each unit was sold with either a five or eight-year shelf-life warranty. Brookdale offered only to refund the prorated value left on the warranty. The suit claims that the shelf-life of a defective product should not be a deciding factor in issuing refunds.