We frequently blog on the topic of product liability law, because we believe it is important that consumers are provided safe products and should be able to trust that the good they are purchasing in the marketplace are free from dangerous defects. So many of our everyday products are often recalled for defects in them that should have been discovered before they were placed in the stream of commerce and now pose injury to the consumer. Common categories of products that fall under product liability law include machinery and tools, automobiles and parts, household products and appliances, clothing, food, medicine, and toys.
It’s an unnerving thought to consider that an item a family uses on an almost daily basis could cause serious injury, especially to young children who should have no reason to fear they are in harm’s way. It is especially heartbreaking to a parent for an injury to occur to their child, especially when the parent had no knowledge that the child was in a dangerous situation and therefore could not prevent an accident from occurring. However, that does not mean that the accident was not preventable, because it in fact was – the company and manufacturer should have never placed the dangerous product in the market to begin with, thereby making such accidents completely preventable. It is the manufacturer and seller’s duty to inspect all goods for defects, remove those from the market that are defective, and warn consumers about known dangers.
A recent article by the Chicago Tribune has reported that Graco brand strollers has recalled five million strollers due to the risk of child fingertip amputations. So far there have been 11 different reports of finger injuries, which is why Graco has recalled 11 different models of strollers sold within the last 14 years. The models at issue include the Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling, and TravelMate. These were made between August of 2000 through September 25, 2014. The danger lies within the slide fold-lock hinge mechanism on the sides of the stroller and fold-release mechanism that is located on the handle. The folding hinges on the sides have posed dangers to children’s fingers by pinching them. Because of this laceration and amputation hazard, the strollers are being recalled. The recall includes a total of approximately 4.7 million strollers in the United States, 202,000 in Canada, and 10,300 in Mexico. They were sold at popular retailers such as Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and Amazon.
Our lawyers greatly care about the well-being of consumers of all ages, especially the youngest who are unable to protect themselves or know if they are in danger. Just like adults, children deserve to be provided with safe products that will not cause them harm. Since our opening in 1992, our law firm has represented injured clients in a wide range of personal injury lawsuits, including product liability cases, and has successfully recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients. If you or someone you love has suffered injury from a dangerous product, you may be able to hold the seller and manufacturer liable in a lawsuit. Call us today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.