Our Chicago product liability lawyers frequently visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to review recent product recalls. Many consumers are unaware of product recalls, which leaves many people vulnerable to personal injuries due to dangerous products that may be in their homes. Two recent product recalls, bunk beds and light bulbs, are especially important. The bunk beds can result in injuries to children and the light bulbs are likely in a lot of homes!
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm that manufactured the bunk beds, Dorel Asia SRL has issued a product recall for bunk beds. The product recall states that consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The products are wooden bunk beds and about 445,000 units exist in the United States. The wooden side rails that run from the headboard to the footboard and hold the bunk bed’s mattress in place may split and cause the bunk bed to collapse, which poses a fall hazard to consumers. The manufacturer and CPSC has received over twenty reports of the side rails cracking or breaking, resulting in at least seven cases where the user had minor bruises or abrasions.
Another recent product recall is Telstar environmentally friendly light bulbs. The CPSC and Telstar Products announced a voluntary product recall of their light bulbs; consumers have been instructed to stop using the recalled products immediately. About 317,000 such lightbulbs are on the market in the United States. The bulbs can overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers. The company has received two reports of fires. In one incident, the fire was contained to the light fixture, but in the other one, the incident resulted in a residential fire. The bulbs were sold at discount stores throughout New York and New Jersey from August 2010 to March 2010 and were manufactured in China.
Check out recent product recalls at CSPC.gov.