Are you keeping up with the news on recent recalls published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission? This organization provides updated news on recalls involving home products and appliances, children’s clothing, baby products, and much more. Subscribing to a service such as this could mean all the difference between purchasing a recalled product that is still on the shelf or in your home, and seeing the other side from a potential injury or fatality.
Recalls are important in so many ways. They alert us to poorly-manufactured products, they keep us safe, and they pave the way for improvement for that product. But, not everyone pays attention when a product is recalled, and some still use the product thinking nothing will happen to them or their family. How many of you have purchased a puffer coat for your child, sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory? That product has been recently recalled due to a strangulation hazard.
In 1996, the CPSC issued guidelines and restrictions for eliminating drawstrings in children’s clothing due to strangulation hazards. Drawstrings can become tangled or caught on an object. The Burlington coats with drawstrings are just one of the recent recalls. Here are a few others:
- Britax Stroller: recalled due to potential finger amputation
- Fred and Friends pacifier: recalled due to choking hazard
- West Marin Folding Bicycle: recalled due to potential falling when the frame breaks
- Cervelo bicycles: recalled due to detachment hazard
Consumers think that manufacturers take extreme precautions at all time when constructing a product made for your child’s use. What we do not know, however, is who is actually making the product, what condition employees are in when making a product, how strict the checklist is, and more. We think, how could a bike frame break? How could a part of a toy come apart when it is not supposed to? Sadly, it happens all the time.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to a product malfunction or recall, seeking the advice of an attorney who knows how to handle personal injury case and product liability is your best bet toward full justice.