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Protecting Your Child Against Defective and Dangerous Products

Posted on in Personal Injury

product liability cases, San Jose product liability attorneys, federal safety regulations, product recalls, dangerous productsBabies and small children require lots of gear. From nursery furnishings, strollers, highchairs, clothing, and car safety seats, to toys, videos, electronic devices, and other items designed to keep them busy and entertained, it is easy for a parent to go broke buying all the "stuff" children want or need.

Unfortunately, most parents are unaware of the potential dangers certain products might pose. Product liability cases involving children’s items seek to hold manufacturers and merchants accountable for knowingly producing or selling items that are unsafe, or for failing to take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries.

Children’s Items and Product Liability

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) carefully monitors goods manufactured or delivered into the U.S. to ensure they comply with state and federal safety regulations. It also issues warnings and recalls, based on manufacturer information and customer complaints, regarding products that have the potential to be hazardous and unsafe.

Effective in late October, 2017, the CPSC issued an order prohibiting the use of certain phthalate chemicals in children’s toys, which are often used in plastics to increase durability. These chemicals have been shown to pose a risk of damage to the kidneys, liver, lungs, and reproductive systems. They are particularly dangerous when used in children’s toys, which young children tend to swallow, mouth, or bite.

Along with these types of order, the CPSC issues approximately 500 product recalls each year These include numerous recalls of children’s items and warnings concerning a variety of products parents may rely on every day. The following are among the products recalled during the late summer and fall of 2017 for being dangerous by the CPSC:

  • Fisher Price infant motion seats;
  • Kids Preferred wind up musical toys;
  • Playtex plates and bowls;
  • Studio Fun slap bracelets;
  • Panelcraft building sets;
  • Asher Angel and Sweet Bamboo sleepwear.

Protecting Your Child Against Potential Dangers

You can help protect your child against potential dangers by checking the CPSC website regularly and by buying children’s items only from reputable vendors. US News & World Report recommends staying away from or using extreme caution with the following items, which experts agree are among the most dangerous in terms of children’s injuries:

  • Metal and plastic dress up jewelry sets, which can contain hazardous material and present choking hazards;
  • Magnets, which may be embedded in smaller toys and cause intestinal problems if swallowed;
  • Drop side cribs, which have been banned by the CPSC since 2011;
  • Certain baby slings, which can increase the risks of suffocation;
  • Older high chairs, particularly those that lack a five point harness system.

If your child has been injured as the result of a defective or dangerous product, contact Jachimowicz Law Group to see how we can help. You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and damages your family has suffered through a lawsuit against the product manufacturer or distributor.

In these situations, you need aggressive legal representation to hold negligent parties accountable. Contact our office and request a free consultation to discuss your case with our passionate San Jose product liability attorneys today.

Source:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls?field_rc_date_value%5Bmin%5D%5Bdate%5D=&field_rc_date_value%5Bmax%5D%5Bdate%5D=&combine=children

https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/the-10-most-dangerous-products-to-kids

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