Now that the holidays are over, it's likely that your child has gotten past the stage where they keep jumping from one toy to the next, and they now focus their attention on the one or two that they really like.
Each year, as many as a quarter of a million kids are seen in emergency rooms across the United States after being injured by their toys. At least one-third of them are 5-years-old or younger.
Virtually every consumer product released onto the market in the United States must be labeled. What that label must list varies by product. Any manufacturer or marketer that fails to properly label an item may be forced to recall and repackage the item in addition to paying fines as high as a couple hundred thousand dollars.
Manufacturers or suppliers are required to label all potentially dangerous or hazardous products in an effort to protect consumers from potentially becoming hurt when using them. If they fail to exercise their duty to warn consumers of the unintentional or intentional dangers that exist from the reasonable use of their products, then they may expose themselves to being sued if someone gets hurt by them.
The Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy have come out and said that they believe that the sale of infant walkers should be banned.
It's that time of year again. Soon kids across Connecticut will be sent out to the store by their teachers or school administrators to pick up a laundry list of school supplies that they'll need during the year.
In recent years, we've heard about cellphones getting too hot and exploding in their user's hands, cheaply made tires blowing out and furniture tipping over on top of children. Each of these is an example of a potential products liability case
Data recently released by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Northeast shows that in 2017, there were 653 tire-related motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut. Of those, 246 resulted in either a motorist being injured or killed. If you're doing the math, this means that at least 12 collisions each week during 2017 in Connecticut could be attributed to tire-related issues. At least five deaths or injuries were caused by them.
When you've entered your local retail store, you've probably seen postings for recalled products hanging up in the entryway. You may have seen them for small kitchen appliances that manufacturers discovered pose a burn or cutting risk or a toy that is a choking hazard. Hundreds — if not thousands — of consumer products are recalled each year for either these reasons or others.
Oftentimes, when a product is shown to be dangerous or defective, a manufacturer or designer will decide to voluntarily remove it from distribution so that necessary modifications can be made. These recalls can be costly and don't often occur until some time after product-related injuries or deaths have already been reported to them.