When you buy a company's product, the last thing you expect is for it to be faulty or defective — much less potentially hazardous to your well-being. But unfortunately, products are recalled for safety reasons more often than you may expect. In fact, just yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of four different products, which were found to pose a potential threat to consumers. Those were:
Product: Red Wing Shoes Steel Toe Work Boots
Description: Recall includes 45 different styles of men's steel toe work boots in sizes 11 to 18 and with widths ranging from B to H.
Reason for Recall: The steel toe could potentially fail to protect feet during an impact.
Product: Browning Youth Buckmark Junior Hoodie Sweatshirts
Description: Recall includes junior hooded sweatshirts in a camouflaged print with black drawstrings and a yellow logo, sizes S, M, L and XL.
Reason for Recall: The drawstring around the neck could pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
Product: Playtex Hip Hammock infant carriers
Description: Infant carrier that holds the baby against the wearer's body at the hip, and is attached with straps that wrap around the carrier at the hips and shoulders.
Reason for Recall: The buckles on the straps connecting the hammock to the wearer could break, posing a fall hazard for the child.
Product: Cubetensils Children’s Eating Utensils
Description: A set of children's eating utensils that includes a stainless steel spoon and fork with plastic handles.
Reason for Recall: The plastic handle can become detached from the spoon portion, posing a choking hazard for infants.
Product recalls come directly from the federal government, and can be the result of preventative measures or after an incident or injury occurs and is reported. They're issued when a product is found to pose safety risks to consumers
You shouldn't have to live in fear that the products and goods you're purchasing could be poorly manufactured and potentially cause you to become injured. That's why product liability laws are in place, which hold manufacturers, retailers and distributors responsible for injuries that occur as a result of their products.
That said, it's important to be cautious around new products, especially those intended for your children. This time of year, with holiday gifts flooding in, make sure you're thinking about toy safety at all times.
If you ever encounter a situation where you or a loved one is injured as the result of an unsafe product, please do not hesitate to contact the offices of D. Hardison Wood. The product liability laws in North Carolina can be difficult to navigate — our team is here to help you pursue your claim promptly and passionately.