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Product Safety and Recall News – Aronberg and Aronberg

 

Various products, ranging from automobiles and air conditioners to cell phones and cellophane, go through the process of a recall, either by way of a government agency direction or a corporate decision. One of the most important governing bodies in relation to consumer product safety is named, for obvious reasons, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, referred to as “CPSC ” for short.  The CPSC recently released a report on product safety issues that has evaluated household product-related deaths in the U.S. over the past decade.

According to the report, one child dies roughly every two weeks when a household appliance or product falls on them. The vast majority of these children were over 2 years old and thus had the slight ability to jostle household products (i.e., push a television set, tug at a chair leg, etc.). 70% of the products that caused the deaths were televisions—heavy, bulky items, often set atop a counter or piece of furniture, with a few feet to fall.

There are things that parents can do to ensure that their houses are as safe as can be. The CPSC recommends that TVs are placed on “sturdy, low bases” and on furniture that is anchored safely to the ground. Additionally, the CPSC recommends that wires and cables be kept out of the sight and reach of children, and that television or audio system remotes be kept off of TV stands or pieces of furniture. If children can see something that attracts them, say, on top of a stand, they might be tempted to climb the stand to reach the tempting objects, causing the stand or piece of furniture to topple over on them. As mentioned above, there are things that parents can do to make sure that their products don’t injure people; sometimes, though, the products are created improperly or negligently, and then they are recalled as to preemptively remove the chance of injury caused by the product. In this blog, we have some news on some recent product recalls.

Baby strollers are both convenient ways of transporting a baby and a sensible way to keep a baby safe. (You don’t often see babies being carted around in wheelbarrows). Parents often spend more for a safer and more efficient stroller if it means that the baby inside will be even a tad more protected. Bugaboo International Baby Strollers has issued a recall on some 50,000 of its Donkey and Cameleon strollers. The problem with these strollers was that the button on the handle had an unfortunate tendency to randomly disengage, thereby disconnecting the handle of the stroller. This places the baby in a dangerous situation and such danger was the catalyst for the recall. The high-end strollers were priced from $1,000—$1,600. More than 46,000 units of the now-recalled products have been sold in the U.S., in stores such as Toys R Us, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, etc.

In recent times, temperature-related phraseology has taken on new meaning. If something is “hot” it might mean that it’s been stolen; if someone is “hot” it might mean that they’re attractive; if a basketball player is “on fire” it might mean that they are having an incredible game or season. That said, if someone says that a baby’s pajamas are “on fire,” that’s probably not a good thing. Relatedly, over half a million pairs of children’s pajamas have been recalled due to a burn hazard. Target issued the recall in cooperation with a directive by the CPSC. Apparently, the pajamas did not meet certain federal flammability standards and thus posed an unreasonable burn risk to the children who might wear the pajamas. The pajamas, which were sold in infant and toddler sizes, were made and sold in a wide range of colors and designs. If you may have purchased these pajamas, which have been recalled, you should contact Target or the CPSC to make sure. Those who have purchased the pajamas should stop using them immediately and contact the store at which they were purchased for a refund.

If you have any questions related to product safety or any other personal injury matter, please contact us at the Law offices of Aronberg and Aronberg by emailing daronberg@aronberglaw.com or calling 561-266-9191.

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