The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates consumer products to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury or death. Federal law prohibits the sale of any recalled product, whether the recall was voluntary or imposed on the manufacturer and seller of the product. Products that pose an unreasonable risk of harm to consumers, once identified, will be recalled, either voluntarily or under a mandatory recall issued by the CPSC.
The laws administered through this agency include the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Flammable Fabrics Act, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, and the Refrigerator Safety Act.
The commission monitors deaths and injuries that are the result of unsafe products, and recalls consumer items that fail to comply with one or more of these federal acts, and potentially injure or kill consumers.
The products recalled can fall into almost any category, including:
- Baby Products
- Baby Furniture
- Children’s Toys
- Children’s Furniture
- Children’s Clothing
- Window Coverings
- Safety Gear
- Electrical Products
- Pool and Hot Tub Products
Injuries to Babies and Children
When a baby or child is injured by a commercial product, the consequences can be tragic. The child could die or suffer serious, life-threatening injuries, or permanent impairments. Clothing recalls can be related to the risk of strangulation, embellishments or metal elements such as zippers that are found to contain high concentrations of lead. Toys can endanger children.
The company that produced the product must be held accountable for allowing a dangerous product in the open market, endangering the lives of innocent children. The CPSC website lists recalled products for babies and children.
Statistics on Injuries and Deaths to Children Under Age Five: Nursery Products
In 2013, there were approximately 74,900 emergency department visits related to nursery product injuries, according to the CPSC. Of these injuries, 66 percent were related to infant carriers, car seats, cribs, mattresses, strollers, baby carriages and high chairs.
Falls and injuries to a child’s head were the most common, followed by injuries to the face. Internal organ injuries, contusions, abrasions or lacerations accounted for 71 percent of reported injuries. An annual average of 112 deaths are associated with (not necessarily caused by) nursery products.
Toys can pose a risk of injury or death to children. Parents should review the toy recalls ensuring that no toys are in the home that could pose a risk of choking or other danger to children.
The majority of toy-related recalls during 2013 were associated with choking on small parts or with riding toys. A new report issued by CPSC estimated that there were 188,400 toy-related emergency room visits in 2013.
Was your child injured?
If you or your child has suffered serious injury or died from the use of a consumer product, contact Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., in Corpus Christi.
The firm’s product liability attorneys have 100 years of shared experience. We have recovered millions in damages for our clients, and we are often engaged in representing the injured in complex product liability cases. Call now to schedule an initial free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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