Shotgun Barrel Explosion Resulting a Lawsuit Against the Manufacturer

In Loitz v. Remington Arms Co., 138 Ill. 2d 404, 414, 563 N.E.2d 397, 401, 150 Ill. Dec. 510 (1990), the plaintiff, who was injured when the barrel of the shotgun he was using exploded, based his claim that the defendant manufacturer had notice of a defect upon a relatively small number of prior similar claims. The supreme court held, "Guns are inherently dangerous instrumentalities, and the mere occurrence of other explosions does not, without more, establish outrageous misconduct or some other basis sufficient to warrant the imposition of punitive damages." Loitz, 138 Ill. 2d at 419, 563 N.E.2d at 404.