Authored By: Candace Whitman
According to PersonalInjury.com, hundreds of U.S. veterans are suing 3M because the allegedly defective ear plugs that were issued to them failed to protect them from hearing injuries.
3M supplied the earplugs to the U.S. military from 2003 to 2015. PersonalInjury.com reports that the ear plugs were too short, so they would not properly insert and seal to protect the users.
The lawsuit claims that 3M knew about the defective design as early as 2000 but failed to make any moves to correct the issue and instead certified that the testing of the product was compliant with military standards.
Veterans deployed from 2003-2016 suffered hearing loss and Tinnitus as a result of the company’s actions. According to PersonalInjury.com, 3M agreed to pay $9.1M in July of 2018 to resolve the allegations and they continue to deny the claims.