As more and more products hit the shelves in retail stores across the country the number of product defects will likely rise as well. A product defect occurs when an item is found to be faulty or dangerous to consumers in some way. The reasons for product recalls often include dangers such as burn, suffocation, entrapment, and fall hazards. These risks are typically found by manufacturers or users before injuries occur, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Many product defects are discovered when a consumer is injured or killed while using a product. In this type of event, a product liability attorney may be necessary to pursue the justice necessary for victims.
Some of the most formidable product recalls are those that involve products which our children use. We posted about the bumbo seat recalls in the past, as well as multiple other product recalls that might affect readers’ children. More recent recalls have come to light that are shocking to hear about. The most disturbing involves the popular bean bag chair. Ace Bayou brand bean bags were recalled last week after two children lost their lives after unzipping the bags and climbing inside. There is little air inside and the foam beads make it difficult to breathe, causing a suffocation hazard. These chairs were sold in a variety of sizes and colors at many popular retail stores including Walmart, Wayfair, Amazon.com, Maijer, Bon-Ton, Pamida, and School Specialty before July of 2013. The prices would have ranged from $30 to $100. If your child has a bean bag chair, you should check to see if it has zippers that can be opened. If they do open, you should immediately remove them from your child’s access. Ace Bayou is providing repair kits that disable these zippers free of charge to all consumers who purchased their defective bean bag chair products.
In addition to this bean bag recall, Brita has recently announced a recall on children’s hard-sided filter water bottles sold at various popular stores in the United States. Among those stores are Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, and more. The water bottles pose a laceration hazard because the lid has been reported to break into sharp pieces. The bottles affected by the recall are decorated with Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, SpongeBob Square Pants, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Bexco also recalled approximately 1,000 “Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs” due to the ability for the crib front to separate from the sides, creating a dangerous gap. A child could potentially fall out of the crib or be trapped inside this gap. If you bought one of these cribs between January 2012 and June 2014 with model number 5601, you should cease use immediately and contact Bexco Enterprises Inc. at (888) 673-665.
American Woodcrafters recently announced a recall on bunk beds sold at popular Havertys furniture stores between September 2011 and March 2014. The Cottage Retreat II bunk beds (featuring a side ladder) can break between the mattress and support rails, which have allowed children to fall. If you believe you purchased this bed with SKU number 6310-9771, contact Havertys at (888) 428-3789 to find out what to do next.
These dangerous product recalls, along with many others, can pose danger to our children every day. We hope to educate readers that have kids so that they can take appropriate precautions and avoid injuries as a result of these defects. Unfortunately, not everyone is fortunate enough to avoid these types of incidents. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a product that was recalled, contact Jones & Swanson today to find out what you should do next.