All products on the market can cause injury if they are defective, from air bags in cars to kitchen appliances to sports equipment to medicine. When you buy a product, you should be able to trust that it is safe for regular, intended use. If you are injured by a defective product, you should contact the company and report how the product caused your injury. The company will then report the incident to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), which may instruct the company to issue a recall. Recalls are announced via public forums such as media outlets and are also listed on the CPSC website. If any products you own are listed as recalled, you should follow the instructions of how to return your possibly dangerous product and receive a free replacement. In the unfortunate instance that you actually suffer personal injury due to a defective product, you should contact a Clayton County accident attorney as soon as possible so you can recover for your injuries.
The types of recalled products vary widely. Some examples of the kids of products currently listed as recalled in the past week on the CPSC website and their risks include:
- Bicycles manufactured by Stile Products because the bike may crack in the top tube and cause riders to fall.
- Votive Candles made by Swan Creek because the flame can burn too high or erratically and cause burns.
- Baby rattles made by Fred & Friends because the end cap can come off, releasing small parts and presenting a possible choking hazard.
- Batteries made by Horizon Hobby because they can overheat and cause a fire hazard.
- Chandeliers made by Bel Air Lighting because the mounting loop can break, causing the chandelier to fall and injure someone.
- Fragrance diffusers made by Paddywax because the label does not properly warn that petroleum distillates in the product can pose an aspiration hazard if swallowed.
As you can see, numerous recalls are issued each week for a wide array of products and possible defects and injuries. Consumers should check the CPSC website on at least a semi-regular basis to see if any recalls apply to products they own. You should check especially if you have young children who regularly use baby products and toys, so you can avoid injury to your children.
If you are injured by a product that should have been recalled or is otherwise defective, it is important that you consult with a personal injury attorney who knows how to bring products liability claims. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation.