According to a report released by Kids In Danger (KID), although the number of children’s products that were recalled last year declined by 24%, there was a 7% increase in the number injuries and incidents related to the recalls. The advocacy group says that because of the confidentiality involving the recall process, it can be hard to figure out the reason for the decrease in recalls. For example, could there really be less dangerous products in the marketplace now or was the Consumer Product Safety Commission unable to get companies to recall certain products?
The decline in recalls, however, does come just as new requirements for
testing and standards have gone into effect as part of the 2008 Consumer
Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). That said, any child injuries
caused by any products, whether recalled or not, is never a positive development.
Our products liability lawyers at the Gilbert Law Group make it our business
to help children and their families obtain the personal injury or wrongful
death compensation that they are owed.
Per some of KID’s findings in its report, in 2011:
• The CPSC recalled 121 children’s products (39% of the total
products it recalled).
• There were over 11.6 million units of kids products recalled.
• Three recalls involved at least a million units or more, respectively.
• The biggest recalls involved 1.7 million baby monitors (over concerns
they posed a strangulation hazard) and 1.7 million toy tools and workbenches
over worries that their parts might end up stuck in a child’s throat.
• 30% of the children’s products recalled were nursery products.
• 26% of the children’s products recalled were toys.
• Little girl’s KEDS shoes with decorative stars caused the
most injuries with 27 laceration reports.
• 14 sleep environment products, including a bassinet, a crib, a
canopy bed, and bunk beds were recalled.
• Prior to its recalled, the Adventure Playset Swingset was named
in 500 incident reports.
• A remote control chopper, a swing set, and pogo sticks received
over 100 reports before their recalls were announced.
Children and babies are vulnerable to serious injuries and even death
when exposed to a product that is unsafe for use. It is unfortunate that
there are still kids’ products out there that continue to pose the
hazards of choking, laceration, suffocation, strangulation, toxic poisoning,
or other dangers.
You may be able to sue the manufacturer, distributor, seller, or retailer
that allowed you to have access/purchase a dangerous/defective/malfunctioning
product. Even when a product is used as intended, if it proves to be dangerous
and causes serious harm, you still may have grounds for a products liability case.
A Measure of Safety: Children’s Product Recalls in 2011, KIDS in
Danger, KIDS, March 26, 2012
Read the Report (PDF)
Consumer Product Safety Commission