When we buy products, we expect that they are free from danger and safe for the use which they were intended for. That is why product liability laws and federal statutes exist. Such laws are meant to protect consumers by requiring sellers and makers of goods to adhere to safety standards. Where they fail to do so and customers suffer injury as a result, they may be found liable.
According to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nordstrom has recalled a line of sweaters due to a burn hazard and violation of federal law. The name of the product is the Open Vest Sweater by Leith. The report describes that the sweaters fail to meet the federal flammability standard for such apparel, and poses a burn hazard to consumers who wear it. The sweaters were sold in stores and online from August 2014 through September 2014 for around $70. Consumers are urged to immediately stop wearing the sweaters and to contact Nordstrom for a full refund. The sweaters are said to be in violation of the Federal Flammability Standard.
The Flammable Fabrics Act regulates the manufacturing of highly flammable clothing. Originally passed in 1953, the Act aimed to regulate clothing and protect consumers in regards to highly flammable clothing, including brushed rayon sweaters and children’s cowboy chaps, popular products of the time. Then, in 1967, Congress amended the Act to expand it to include interior furnishings, paper, plastic, foam, and other materials that are used in apparel and home furnishings. Then, in 1972, the administration of this Act was giving to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC now regulates standards under the Act for clothing textiles, vinyl plastic film, carpets and rugs, children’s sleepwear, and mattresses and mattress pads.
Under this Act, manufacturers of such materials must abide by the regulations set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Where manufacturers and stores fail to do so, they may be putting consumers in harm’s way. Where injury results as a consequence of such negligence, stores and manufacturers may be held liable for their violations and breach.
Our law firm is experienced in handling product liability lawsuits, and our attorneys have worked on a wide variety of personal injury cases since our firm opened in 1992. We are proud of our work in the area of product liability law because we have brought about positive change in this area of the law and made the marketplace overall safer for consumers as a result. In addition to helping our clients obtain justice for their injuries, we have helped prevent future injuries to others by getting dangerous and defective products removed from the stream of commerce for good.
If you or your loved one has suffered injury and pain from a dangerous product, it is best to talk to an experienced legal professional. Our firm offers free consultations to best assist our potential clients. We would be happy to sit down and talk to you about your situation, discuss your legal options, and potentially help you with your potential case.