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Illinois Attorney General Releases Guide Warning Parents about Dangerous and Defective Products

Our product liability attorneys know that the holidays are a time when Illinois consumers should remain especially vigilant due to increased purchasing around this time. Though the thrill of black Friday is now behind us, it is important for shoppers to avoid purchasing defective and dangerous products this holiday season. The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released the office’s annual Safe Shopping Guide to help prepare Illinois parents to shop safely this season. The guide lists recalled products in an effort to warn parents about dangerous toys and household items.

The Attorney General’s office first created the Safe Shopping Guide in 2007 to help parents gain an understanding of recalled children’s products. They started the guide that year because over 44 million individual children’s products were recalled in 2007 alone. The 2012 guide lists toys, infant products, household items and sporting goods that pose a high risk to kids and that parents should look out for. However, this year the guide has added a new section on food safety. The Attorney General’s office decided to add this additional portion due to the 15 million Americans who suffer from food allergies. While Federal Law requires that all foods be labeled if the product contains food allergens including milk, eggs, nuts or fish, food products are often recalled for failure to correctly label these allergens. Parents should remain vigilant and monitor these consumer product recalls, and this year’s Safe Shopping Guide helps these parents with that.

The guide is simple and easy to follow, providing large photographs of the recalled products and describing the products in detail. It also tells you where some of the recalled products are sold, to further help consumers avoid these products. After reviewing the guide, Illinois residents should search their homes to ensure that they do not own any of these recalled products.

Parents should take the time to review this years guide so that their children remain happy and healthy. The 57-page guide is broken down into five chapters that include toys, infant and children’s products, sports and recreation, household items, and food safety and healthy holidays respectively.

Additionally, they provide a five-step safety guide. These five steps include; signing up for safety by registering for email notifications of all recalled products at www.recalls.gov, checking recalled products via the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, following safety organizations on twitter or Facebook, calling the Attorney General’s product recall hotline, or by contacting any of the following groups: the Food and Drug Administration, the Illinois Public Interest Research Group, Kids in Danger, Lead Safe Illinois, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If any parent wishes to obtain the guide, they can click here, visit the Attorney General’s website, via mail, or by contacting the Attorney General’s Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678.

Manufacturers have a duty to produce safe products, however oftentimes adults or children are injured as a result of defective designs, dangerous pieces, or when a manufacturer fails to properly warn people about the dangers of their products. In order to avoid serious injury, we urge parents to pay close attention to recalls and safety warnings. However, if a recalled product injured you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation for the harms caused to you. Product liability lawsuits send a message to manufacturers that sales of dangerous products will not be tolerated, and these actions motivate companies to create safer products to avoid litigation. We are here to guide you through the legal process, so please contact our lawyers to discuss your legal rights.