Parents rightfully expect the products they buy for their children to be safe, but there are more than 100 types of children’s products recalled each year due to safety concerns. According to a recent report from Kids in Danger, 2016 had the highest number of children’s product recalls since 2004. Even more alarming is that very few of these recalled products are ever corrected, meaning that many of the most dangerous children’s products of 2016 are still in the hands of many children.
If your child was injured by a dangerous product, you may be unsure of where to turn. Our Houston product liability attorneys can help you navigate the personal injury claims process. Call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500.
What is Considered a Children’s Product?
Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), children’s products are subject to more rigorous regulatory and testing standards than other types of consumer products. A “children’s product” means any consumer item that is designed or intended for kids 12 years of age or younger. Children’s products include, but are not limited to the following:
- Car seats
- Baby walkers
- Nursery items – sleep positioners, cribs
- Baby bath seats
Children’s Product Recall Statistics For 2016
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for issuing recalls of children’s products that pose an unreasonable risk of injury or death. Of the 332 recalls issued by CPSC in 2016, 23 percent (76) were for children’s products. A total of 66,813,956 units of children’s products were recalled in 2016.
There was both a 12 percent increase in the number of children’s product recalls in 2016 and a spike in the number of incidents leading to injuries and deaths. On average, there were nearly 64 reports of incidents filed before a dangerous children’s product was recalled, which is a 492 percent increase from 2015.
The most dangerous recalled children’s products in 2016 were:
- Pacific Cycle – Instep and Schwinn swivel wheel jogging strollers
- Tommee Tippee – Sippee spill-proof cups
- IKEA – Children’s and adult chests and dressers
- Aria Child – Qbit strollers
- Rainbow Play Systems – Plastic trapeze rings
Common Hazards Posed by Recalled Children’s Products
In 2016, there were a total of 4,482 incidents, 394 injuries, and 7 deaths reported prior to recalled being issued. The recalled children’s products in 2016 posed the following kinds of hazards:
- Laceration or personal injury
While manufacturers and retailers are increasingly using social media sites like Facebook to announce recalls, research has shown that recalls are not very effective at getting dangerous children’s products out of homes. In fact, only 14 percent of recalled children’s products in 2013 have been corrected or destroyed.
How Our Houston Product Liability Lawyers Can Help
If your loved one has been injured by a defective children’s product, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses by filing a product liability lawsuit. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston product liability attorneys have extensive experience handling claims involving recalled products and we always pursue the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
We understand how to build the strongest possible argument in product liability cases and we have a proven track record of holding large corporations accountable for injuries caused by their defective or dangerous products. Contact us today at (281) 283-8500 for a free, no-risk consultation with one of our talented Houston product liability lawyers.