This hose is the "Ultra" model with the "lifetime guarantee."
It was used about three times per week before the failure. There was no incident that coincided with the failure (no catching on a rock or running over with a lawn mower, etc.). It appears to be either failure of the outer lining due to natural abrasion or a manufacturing defect.
I am still trying to figure out how to take advantage of the lifetime guarantee.
I am also a party to the class-action suit (hosesettlement.com). I had two "regular" pocket hoses that lasted less than 6 months. I was a sucker to buy the "Ultra."
Review about: Telebrands Pocket Hose.
Monetary Loss: $15.