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Play Yard Maker Agrees to Civil Penalty

When we purchase products, particularly for our children, we expect them to be safe and function as intended. Consumer products designed for children must be safe for their use, in light of the kinds of activities in which we all expect children to engage. Certain classes of toys or equipment may present a risk of particularly serious injury, and manufacturers and retailers need to take extra precautions to make sure the products that they are selling are safe for children to use. If a person is injured by a defective product, they may be able to recover damages from the party or parties responsible for his or her injuries. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to review the circumstances of your injury. The attorneys of the Law Firm of Shane Smith are here to help you get what you deserve from the people responsible for your injuries.

One type of children’s play equipment that can pose a risk of serious injury is that of child play yards. Parents use these devices to allow their children to play freely in an enclosed, and presumably safe, area. According to a news release by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), play yard manufacturer Kolcraft agreed to pay a $400,000 civil penalty for failing to report defective play yards. Kolcraft had received roughly 350 reports of its play yard product collapsing between 2000 and 2009, and ultimately recalled one million play yards in 2009. The collapses apparently resulted from a faulty latch in the side rail that allowed for it to collapse if a child pushed against it suddenly. The collapses resulted in 21 injuries to children, including bruises, scrapes, bumps, and one concussion.

People who are injured or who have had family members injured by defective products may be able to sue if the product was defectively designed, manufactured, or a failure to warn of dangers associated with a product.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a consumer product, you be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should consult with an experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is important to document as much as possible about the injury, including the name and model of the product, its manufacturer, the date of the injury, where it was purchased, or any other information you may be able to determine. In addition, make sure that you undergo a complete medical evaluation by a medical professional in order to ensure that your injuries are fully documented. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia