As consumers we trust that the products we buy are safe for our use and free from any defects that may pose us harm. Under products liability law, it is the duty of companies and manufacturers to provide safe goods to consumers by inspecting goods for dangers, removing dangerous goods from the marketplace, or warning consumers of known dangers. Although it is the legal duty of companies to not cause injury through dangerous products, at least as adult people we can be aware of these dangers and receive warnings from companies.
However, consider children who do not know to be on the lookout for dangers in the things they use in their daily lives and trust that they are not in harm’s way. Children are often not emotionally mature enough to understand dangers that are commonly around us, particularly if the dangers exist in something that is ordinarily not dangerous, like their food and toys. It is understandably a hard concept for such a young mind to grasp that an everyday item could cause them harm, particularly if the same item of another brand is safe. Without this differentiation or knowledge, children can easily be in harm’s way from dangerous products. Nevertheless, it is the legal duty of companies to provide safe products for consumers, especially to children who require more protection than adults.
According to a recent article by ABC News, the water filtration company Brita is recalling some of their children’s water bottles. According to the company the lid of some of the hard-sided bottles can break into pieces with sharp points. They have already received 35 reports of lids breaking and cracking. The bottles at issue include a purple bottle with the cartoon character Dora the Explorer, a pink bottle with Hello Kitty, a blue bottle with Spongebob Square Pants, and a green bottle with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. All of the bottles have a white lid and a Brita logo. They are six inches tall and hold 15 ounces. They also have fold-up straws and filters that sit inside the straw beneath the lid. These bottles are model number BB07 and have been sold from popular online retailers like Amazon, Target, and Drugstore.com, and in stores like Walmart, Target, and Shopko, among others.
It is not just toys and child’s products that are often at issue in products liability. Other defective goods and products often include medicines and medical devices, foods, automobiles, household products, appliances, and machinery. Through product liability lawsuits, our lawyers aim to not only help injured plaintiffs obtain compensation but to ensure that dangerous and defective products are removed from the stream of commerce and to prevent future injuries. Through successful verdicts and settlements, our clients have obtained justice, and we have been able to bring positive change to the market and to consumers. If you have been harmed by a defective product, a lawsuit may be the right option for you. Call us today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to speak to you about your potential case.