Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Defective Toy Product Causes Recall
Fort Lauderdale defective toys lawyers care about the safety of children and believe that it is important to report recent toy recalls during this holiday season. Last month, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada (CPSC) with Build-A-Bear Workshop announced that they were recalling 19,720 units in the U.S. and 1,100 units in Canada of the Swimwear Set With Inflatable Inner Tube product. At the time of the recall, one incident had been reported in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head, but had a difficult time in removing it. Although the number of incidents which have been reported is small, it is still poses a severe risk of severe personal injuries.
According to the CPSC news release, the inner tube is part of a three-piece Fruit Tutu Bikini swimwear for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece fruit-pink bikini. The inner tube is described as 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 which is located on the price sticker attached to the “Build-A-Bear” cardboard tag. The hazard which prompted the defective toy product recall is the inner tube accessory that a small child can pull over his or her head, therefore causing a strangulation hazard.
Additionally, the Commission’s news release states that the product was sold a nationwide Build-A-Bear workshop stores and on the company’s website from April 2011 to August 2011. The units which were manufactured in China and the Commission are warning consumers to stop use of this recalled product immediately, unless otherwise instructed.
Each year there are hundreds of defective toy products that are recalled by the Commission and in 2009, the Safe Kid’s organization reported an estimated 185,900 children ages 14 and under were treated in an emergency room department as a result of a toy-related injury. Chocking, lead poisoning and burns are among the common injuries children endure when they play with toys. And most often it is unknown that the toy was defective until a severe harm has taken place because consumers purchase the items with the belief that they are safe. In recent years there have been numerous of reports and recalls of products that were manufactured in China.
Fort Lauderdale defective toy attorneys handle product liability cases and can help parents determine who is at fault for their child’s injuries or death due to a faulty toy. Manufacturers, distributors and sellers of toys have the responsibility of making certain that their products are safe when placed into the market place. Also, a toy which is designed in such a way that it presents an undue risk of harm in its normal use can be grounds to hold a manufacturer or distributor strictly liable.
If your child has been injured or died as a result of a toy product you should contact a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney shortly after the accident. Waiting too late could cause you to loose your legal rights to hold the responsible party accountable due to statue of limitations.
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