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Strangulation, Choking, and Fall Hazards Prompt Recall of Baby Walkers, Clothing, and Books

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled a number of products this month because of theinjuries to children that they may pose. Although recalls are a proactive step toward preventing personal injuries and wrongful deaths, it is not acceptable to expose children and babies to hazards because a manufacturer made a product that was poorly designed or developed flaws during production.
On Thursday, the CPSC recalled about 200 Le Hing Inc. baby walkers. Made for babies in the 6 months and older age range, the walkers are able to fit through standard doorways and do not automatically stop upon reaching the edge of a step. The lack of safeguards to prevent either of these can cause serious injury or death.

No injuries or deaths have been reported to date, but the CPSC says that babies should stop using these walkers immediately.
The week before, the CPSC and 5 Star Apparel LLC recalled about 11,500 Mecca Children’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings because the drawstrings on the hood pose a strangulation hazard. So far, there have been no reports of deaths or injuries from the hazardous clothing. However, the CPSC wants boys and girls to stop wearing the jackets immediately. Buyers can either get rid of the drawstrings or return the jackets to the store for a full refund.
On April 6, the CPSC and Health Canada recalled about 15,965 Gund Baby Paperboard Books because the Styrofoam in the book binding can come off, posing an aspiration/choking hazard to infants and young kids. Gund has three reports on file of incidents involving kids putting the Styrofoam in their mouths. To date, no injuries have been reported.
Injuries to Children Involving Products Liability
Infants and young children are often vulnerable to serious injuries and deaths when exposed to dangerous products. Unfortunately, defective products-related accidents involving choking, strangulation, asphyxiation, falls, entrapment, and lead poisoning claim too many lives each year. Many of these tragic accidents could have been prevented if only the manufacturer hadn’t been negligent.
Le Hing Inc. Announces Recall of Baby Walkers Due to Fall Hazard, CPSC, April 15, 2010
Recalls: children’s hooded jackets, chests, tables, Associated Press, April 8, 2010
Baby Book Recall, WITN, April 7, 2010

At Gilbert & Ollanik, PC, our child injury lawyers know how hard it is to cope with the death of a child or the fact that he or she must live with catastrophic, disabling injuries. We are committed to helping families hold negligent manufacturers liable for products liability.

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