Keeping our families and children safe is our number one priority, whether it’s ensuring that we socialize with the right people, driving the safest car, or purchasing items that we know will serve our family for years to come. Product defects and recalls come into play when choosing the best and safest items for our families, and we want to be sure we avoid any products on a recall list. Manufacturers work hard to correct any malfunctions before the defect affects the masses. Sometimes, however, an injury occurs or a child dies and lives are changed forever.
One can subscribe to recall lists published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) where news alerts are distributed on a daily basis regarding items that are recalled and pulled from the shelves. Some are more common and others are not, but the CPSC is true in its mission and duty to warn the public of possible issues with the recalled items. Some of the recent recalls that have been published include appliance recalls, toy recalls and clothing recalls, to name few. Although extended information can be found on the CPSC website, here is an abbreviated list of some of our recent findings:
- Highchairs by BabyHomeUSA: The child could slip through the opening and become strangled.
- Strollers by iCandyWorld: An unfastened child could slip through the opening and become strangled.
- Strollers by Bugaboo Chameleon3: The handles could become loose or detached and cause injury.
- Purr-fection stuffed animals with flashlights: There is a possible laceration hazard due to protruding wires.
- Egg shaker toy instruments: The egg could become detached and small parts could be ingested by small children, posing a choking hazard.
- Dropside cribs by Domusindo Perdana: The sides of the crib could cause possible strangulation and suffocation.
Legally, items that are recalled cannot be put back on the shelves until the product is reconstructed or cleared for redistribution. In the case of the Nap Nanny infant recliner recall, however, the manufacturer refused to take the item off the shelves, even after five infants died and many others were injured due to defects in the design. The company was forced out of business, and some lawsuits in this case are still pending.
If your child has been injured or died as a result of a product defect, or from an item you purchased that was later recalled, there is a long road ahead in the challenges of settling with a product manufacturer. Enlisting the support of an attorney in New York who specializes in recalled items and product defects will make the process easier for you and your family.
Keeping our families safe is paramount, and no one wants to be a victim of an injury caused by a product defect. Staying abreast of recalls and products that could cause potential harm is one step closer to a better future for all.