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Furniture Maker to pay $725,000 Penalty

When we bring products into our home, we expect the products to be designed and manufactured in a way that ensures that they are safe to use as intended. In addition, if a product is particularly dangerous, we would hope that the maker or retailer would warn us of the risk of injury. These axioms are especially true when we buy products for our children, who rely on us completely to ensure their safety and well-being. When consumer products cause injury, the injured parties may be able to recover damages from the people or party responsible. To determine whether you have a case, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated civil litigation attorneys who specialize in representing the rights of individuals injured through others’ negligence.

Of particular concern to parents of young children is the safety of the place that their children sleep. Often, the majority of the time a child spends unsupervised is during periods of sleep, and the safety of cribs and beds designed for children is extremely important. Early in 2013, the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Whalen Furniture Manufacturing, d/b/a Bayside Furnishings, agreed to pay a $725,000 civil penalty in connection with the failure to report problems with two models of its beds fitted with toy chests. The models at issue both have a toy chest built in at the food of the bed that has a 20 lb. lid; the CPSC reports that the lid supports on the bed fail to provide enough support allowing the lid to close too quickly and also creating a risk of entrapment and strangulation.  In November of 2007, the company learned that a 22-month-old boy had been involved in a fatal accident when the lid of the chest hit him in the back of the head, forcing his neck into the edge of the chest. Whalen failed to report this incident to the CPSC within 24 hours (as required by state law) until March of 2008.

Manufacturers, designers, retailers, or distributors may be liable for any injuries that products that they sell may cause. In order to determine whether you have a legal claim for any injuries you sustained through the use of a consumer product, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury lawyer for a consultation

Personal injury claims that arise from injuries caused by consumer products can entitle a person to significant compensation. It is important to document any information regarding your injury, and also to have a complete medical evaluation performed by a medical professional. Personal injury claims are time sensitive and need to be filed within a certain period of time. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Coweta County personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia