Because parenting a baby or toddler is not a breeze, many use a variety of products made to for easier supervision of young children. Although these products are well-intentioned, if not manufactured correctly, it is possible for an accident to occur resulting in serious personal injury or death. As a dedicated Detroit personal injury lawyer who sees many examples of injury stemming from product recalls, it is difficult not to notice an alarming trend: a majority of items called back are those intended for use by small children and babies, those who are the most defenseless against an accident.
According to Don Mays, the senior director of product safety, of the over 500 recalls made by the Consumer Product Safety Commission each year are for children’s products–not to mention additional recalls made by other institutions such as the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For example, the CPSC warned parents earlier this year that only older and larger babies should be held in soft-sling carriers, as three young children died as a result of suffocation in 2009. Also included in the products recalled are Simplicity and Graco cribs, as well as millions of strollers. Both products have a history of malfunctioning, causing significant personal injury or death to several infants and toddlers.
Sparked by the many product recalls, like those listed above, federal regulators, manufacturers, and parents continue to debate how to make sure products are safe for use by small children and babies. Mays insists that federal institutions are doing all they can to respond to safety issues, he also acknowledged that “there are probably more unsafe products on the market in recent times than there have been in the passed.” Although reasons for this vary, studies conducted by the Consumer’s Union reveal that over 80 percent of products recalled between 2007 and 2008 were made in China. Sending manufacturing overseas could be one problem according to Mays, as “sometimes the controls are not put in place to make sure the product is manufactured in a safe fashion,” he explained.
Because of a great amount of unsafe children’s products on the market, it is essential that parents are proactive in protecting their children. Keeping updated with public safety announcements made by the manufacturing companies, the CPSC, as well as safety advocates can help prevent disaster in your home. If your child does sustain personal injury or dies due to a malfunctioning product, as a parent, you must be filled with questions regarding your options. For answers, as well as the highest quality legal advice and legal representation, it is important to contact a hard-working and aggressive Detroit personal injury attorney. Doing so quickly will not only make sure your personal injury claim receives a positive outcome, but that your child receives compensation for injuries and losses sustained.
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