Check Your Shelves: Do You Have Any of These Dangerous Products in Your Home?
Chances are you've received a postcard from a car dealer or manufacturer about a vehicle you've purchased or product you've registered. Those postcards are usually recall warnings letting you know how to go about getting your vehicle repaired or warning you to get rid of a malfunctioning product. But how often do people actually pay attention to these recall notices? Less than 10 percent of the time.
Product Recall? Who Are You Going to Call?
Just because you didn't know about a recall or failed to take action does not eliminate your right to pursue a personal injury suit if you were injured. The companies that made and sold the products are still responsible for putting a dangerous product on the market in the first place. If you have been injured by a defective product, talk to the San Diego product liability attorneys from The McClellan Law Firm. We explain more in the rest of the blog.
Check Your Shelves for These Items
We encourage you to check your home for the items listed below. In addition, periodically check the consumer products you use on a regular basis to make sure that they have not been recalled.
- Dehumidifiers created by LG Electronics. Brand Names include Goldstar and Comfort-Aire. They were sold in 2007 and 2008, and recalled in December 2009 after 11 reported incidents of house fires. They were recalled again in 2011.
- Drop-side cribs. Over a dozen brand names that have sold this style of crib since 2007. The design on all drop-side cribs has been found defective, regardless of the manufacturer. The drop-sides are known to become lose, creating a gap where a baby could be caught. Over 30 deaths have been reported due to drop-side cribs.
- Toy dart guns from Family Dollar Store. These "Auto Fire Target Sets" come with a plastic gun, a small target and plastic darts with a suction-cup tip. The soft darts have been known to get stuck in children's throats, causing asphyxiation.
- Gel fuel used in outdoor fire pots. Over 2 million containers of the gel fuel was recalled last year after dozens of people were burned, and several died.
- Roman shades and roll-up blinds. Every brand of Roman shades made in 2009 or before have been recalled after it was discovered that the low-hanging loop that often forms from the cords is a strangulation hazard to children.
- Magnetix Building sets. The children's toy was recalled after the tiny magnets in the pieces were found to be a swallow hazard. The tiny magnets are prone to fall out of the building blocks, and over two dozen children have swallowed them—requiring intestinal surgery.
- Macalaren strollers. All single and double strollers made by Maclaren between 1999 and 2009 were recalled in November 2009 after over a dozen children lost their fingertips when they were caught in the opening hinges. A second recall has been issued. Free hinge covers are available.
- Dishwashers made by Maytag. Faulty wiring has led to fires in a number of different models. Maytag recalled over 1.7 million dishwashers. These dishwashers were also sold under the following brand names: Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa, and Crosley.
- Box fans made by Lasko. These inexpensive fans, sold under the Lasko and Galaxy brand names, have been found to cause fires. Almost five million fans sold between 2002 and 2005 have been recalled. A free adapter is available to fix this fire hazard.
- Bumbo baby seats. These seats have been found to cause falls that often result in serious skull fractures. They were first recalled in 2007, and the CPSC issued a second warning recently.
If you have any of these products, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) website to find out about what steps to take and stop using the product immediately.
Injured by a Faulty Product? Get Help Today.
Manufacturers ought to be held responsible for faulty or defective products. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the fault of a product’s manufacturing, do not hesitate to call The McClellan Law Firm to talk to an experienced product liability lawyer.