Not all product recalls are mandatory. Oftentimes companies will announce
voluntary product recalls as a precaution prior to being forced to by
a regulating group. Consumers experienced this first hand earlier this
week when yet another
product recall was announced. This new recall is for popular baby wipes manufactured
by Nutek Disposables.
The Pennsylvania based company announced a voluntary recall due to a possible
bacterial contamination in certain packages of wipes. The first cause
of concern for the company occurred upon receiving numerous complaints
about an unusual odor and discoloration in the wipes. The bacteria said
to be contaminating certain packs of wipes from a specific facility is
Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). This is not a particularly dangerous
bacterium for healthy individuals, but for those who may have a weak immune
system, lung disease, or other issue may be infected by this bacteria.
While no specific reports of injuries or sickness have been attributed
to the baby wipes, the company has received multiple reports of fever,
gastrointestinal problems, rash, and irritation by users. The company
is still working to determine whether these issues can be attributed to
the B. cepacia bacteria.
There are a few different wet wipe brand names included in the recall:
- Member's Mark
- Simply Right
- Sunny Smiles
- Tender Touch
- Well Beginnings
The potentially-affected wipes would have been purchased from Diapers.com,
Walgreens, Family Dollar, Sam's Club, or Fred's prior to October
21, 2014. If you believe that you purchased wipes included in this product
recall, simply return the wipes for a refund to the store where you bought them.
Hopefully no serious injuries or ailments will result from these contaminated
baby wipes. Unfortunately, many Americans experience injuries as a result
of defective products each year. If these baby wipes do lead to medical
bills and problems for a child or parent using the wipes, they may be
entitled to legal compensation from the manufacturer. Experienced product
defect lawyers know that the pain and suffering, as well as medical bills,
which victims are left with should be covered by the company at-fault
for the defect.
If you or someone you love have been injured and believe it to be the fault
of a defective product, contact Jones & Swanson today
for a no-obligation consultation. We are available online at
www.awjlaw.com and via telephone at (770) 427-5498.