All customers wanted were clean teeth. Instead, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s latest consumer safety update, a popular brand of electric toothbrushes has been found to cause disastrous injuries to users’ faces.
Reported MSNBC, accounts of grievances from using the battery-powered Spinbrush toothbrush – sold by both Arm & Hammer and Crest – included chipped or broken teeth, cuts to the mouth and gums, injuries to the face and eyes, and choking hazards, as a result of pieces breaking off. When the parts break, they are “released into the mouth with great speed, causing broken teeth and presenting a choking hazard,” said a spokesperson for the FDA.
When consumers buy products off the shelves of retail stores, those customers have the right to expect that the product will be free from hazardous defects. Special Illinois personal injury laws are in place to protect consumers from these dangerous products, and to help customers recover after they have been injured.
An important concept in Illinois personal injury law is the idea that companies are responsible for ensuring the safety of products that they put on the market. Corporations are expected to test their merchandise to ensure that the products conform to applicable safety regulations, and when dangerous or defective products are disseminated to the public, the companies may be held legally responsible for injuries that arise from the use of those hazardous products. In this case, when customers are harmed by the brushes’ broken parts, the manufacturer may be made to pay for hospital and medical bills incurred, as well as any other types of damages that arise from using the product.
The toothbrush in question, the Spinbrush, is manufactured by Church & Dwight Co., Inc., and comes in both children’s and adult models; according to the FDA, all available models have the potential to harm consumers. In the adult models that feature replaceable brush-heads, these spare parts carry a risk of injury as well. The children’s models (including Spiderman and Thomas & Friends themed brushes) have caused serious problems, including cut lips, burns from the batteries, and bristles lodged in a child’s tonsils, said MSNBC.
“We are particularly concerned about the problems with these toothbrushes as they appear to be geared towards children,” said Dr. Susan Runner, branch chief for Dental Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers want people to be especially cautious. If you have one of these types of toothbrushes, inspect it immediately before using it or, better yet, replace it with a less-dangerous type or brand of brush. If the toothbrush appears to be damaged in any way, do not use it at all. Further, the FDA advises consumers to never bite down on the brush head while brushing and to follow all instructions and recommended replacement guidelines for the product.
We are particularly proud of the changes that our Chicago personal injury lawyers‘ efforts have brought in the area of products liability cases. In many instances, our attorneys have not only recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients, but also helped to ensure that defective products were removed from the market and prevented from causing any further pain, suffering, and damage to consumers.
If you or a loved one have had an incident with a product that caused an injury, or if you are the survivor of someone who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, it’s important that you know your rights under the law.