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Johnson & Johnson’s Defective Design Responsible for Infant Tylenol Recall

Already, Johnson & Johnson, the American pharmaceutical and medical device conglomerate, is not having a good year.

This time, the corporation is recalling its entire U.S. supply of infant Tylenol after parents complained about problems with a new dosing system, reported MSNBC.

Johnson & Johnson is an American pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturer that disseminates packaged goods sold in more than 175 countries. The corporation is the largest healthcare company in the world, and has approximately 250 subsidiary companies, which include numerous household-known brand names of medications, first-aid supplies, toiletries, and beauty products.

This latest recall, initiated this past Friday, involves more than 574,000 bottles of grape-flavored liquid Tylenol, intended for children under two years of age. The product will be off the market for an indefinite time.

Issues arose due to a new bottle design, which was intended to prevent accidental ingestion and ensure accurate dosing; instead, said MSNBC, when parents inserted a syringe into the bottle, some accidentally pushed a protective cover inside.

Illinois products liability law is an area of law that protects the public from hazardous products. When corporations manufacture merchandise and distribute it to the public, they have the responsibility of ensuring that their product is safe for consumer use or consumption. When a customer is harmed, infected, or killed as a result of a flawed product, the company may be held liable for those injuries, and may be legally responsible for the damages stemming from the harm caused by the product.

When a company manufactures a product to be marketed to the public, the company is responsible for ensuring the safety of those products. There are three main types of Illinois product liability claims:

1. A manufacturing defect, which generally occurs when an otherwise safe product is assembled carelessly;

2. A design defect, which occurs when, no matter how well the product is put together, its intent or layout is inherently dangerous;

3. A failure to warn, which can occur when a product markets a product that they know to be potentially hazardous, and fails to warn consumers of the latent danger.

This particular recall results from a design defect. “We are looking for various alternatives for the redesign,” said a spokeswoman on behalf of Johnson & Johnson.

This latest recall comes on the heels of a recall of Johnson & Johnson’s Animas brand of insulin pumps that were defective, yet made their way into the hands of consumers who were injured as a result. Moreover, in 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, issued a voluntary recall of two of their hip replacement systems, after studies found that many patients who received these DePuy hip implants suffered from symptoms including pain, swelling, and difficulty walking, and had to undergo a revision surgery to correct painful issues with the implants.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling Illinois products liability cases including DePuy Orthopedics cases, and have the knowledge and diligence to handle even the most complicated cases. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective product, contact an attorney immediately to obtain a better understanding of your rights under the law. Special laws are in place to protect consumers, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.