Every year, thousands of people suffer serious injuries due to defective products. Issues with a product’s design, manufacturing or marketing could lead to defects that pose significant risks to consumers – including burn, laceration, poisoning and strangulation risks. As a consumer, it is important to keep up with product recalls in case you purchased a dangerous item. If you already have injuries from a product defect, contact a Phoenix product liability lawyer for a free consultation about your rights.
Fire and Burn Hazards
New products appear on the recall list monthly for fire and/or burn injury risks. Electrical items often have defects that can lead to the product overheating or starting a fire, potentially causing burn injuries.
- Rainbow SRX vacuums. Rainbow announced an issue with this vacuum’s circuit board that could cause a spark or fire. Buyers can contact authorized dealers for free repairs.
- Republic Wireless relay charging cables. These chargers can overheat and start to melt, posing a risk of burns. The remedy is to contact the company for a free replacement.
- Edwards mechanical heat detectors. A possible failure to alert users to fires led Edwards to recall these heat detectors for potential burn injury risks.
If you have purchased any of these products, follow the manufacturer’s recall instructions for how to keep yourself and your family safe while you wait for a remedy.
Fall hazards can cause injuries such as broken bones, hip fractures, sprained wrists, concussions and serious back injuries. Collapsing structures and other such defects could make certain products more likely to cause fall injuries than others.
- HON office chair. HON recalled about 13,400 office chairs with defective backs. The backs on these chairs could break, posing a fall and injury risk to users. HON will send free replacement chairbacks to consumers.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods safety ropes. Certain Field & Stream safety ropes could fail when used in freezing conditions. This defect could cause a fall and serious injuries. The company is issuing refunds or store credit to purchasers.
- The Furniture Connexion benches. This manufacturer recalled about 5,400 units of its Modavari Forrest Live Edge Benches due to a defect in which the bench could tip over, presenting a fall and injury risk to consumers.
A fall injury from one of these recalled products could make you eligible for compensation. A lawyer in Phoenix may be able to help you bring a claim against a manufacturing company in pursuit of damages.
Hazards for Children
Children are some of the most vulnerable consumers. Manufacturers must obey high standards of care and federal safety regulations while creating products designed for children. Unfortunately, not all companies do.
- Tip-over and entrapment hazards. Modus Furniture recalled its Brighton nine-drawer dresser due to stability issues, tip-over and entrapment risks for kids. The remedy is a free restraint kit; however, installation could be delayed due to COVID-19. Parents should keep their children away from these dressers in the meantime.
- Dangerous strollers. Costway recalled a line of baby strollers due to a violation of federal safety standards that could pose entrapment, strangulation and fall risks to infants. Island Wear also recalled strollers due to a fall hazard as well as choking risks.
- Poisoning hazards. Three different essential oil companies recalled their products in July due to caps that do not meet federal child safety standards: Tim Trading, Capstone Holdings and Davina Wellness. Children may be able to open these bottles, posing a risk of accidental poisoning.
- Choking hazards. One set of spoons designed for children by the manufacturer Bonnsu was recalled due to the possibility of choking. The Miniware teething spoons could break in a child’s mouth during use. The remedy is to contact Bonnsu for a free replacement item.
In general, you do not have to prove a manufacturer’s negligence to be eligible for compensation for injuries and damage due to a defective product. Speak to a product liability lawyer today for more information about your specific claim.