3M Company contracted with United States Federal Government in the early 2000s to manufacture a hearing protection device for those in the armed forces. As a result, 3M Company produced the Dual Combat Arms Earplug, Volume 2 ("CAEv2"). CAEv2, being dual sided, was designed to allow soldiers to adjust the earplug for improved hearing in a variety of situations. However, the insertion stem of CAEv2 was designed too short to fit into one's ear and thus did not function properly. 3M Company allegedly knew of this defect, but failed to disclose such information to the Federal Government and military soldiers who were using it. As a result of using and relying on the defective CAEv2, many Veterans and Active Duty Personnel struggle with hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
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