Children come into contact with consumer products every day. Their parents and other adults give them these products, confident that they are safe when used correctly. Unfortunately, dangerous and defective children’s products cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
For example, a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study of a decade’s worth of statistics found more than 2,300 deaths among children age 15 and younger caused by head injuries related to the use of children’s products. A three-year study by the CPSC of nursery products used by children younger than age 5 found an average of 111 deaths each year.
If your child has been severely injured in an accident in New York that you think was caused by a defective children’s product, you should act now. The product liability lawyers of Powers & Santola, LLP, can investigate your child’s accident and may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses you and your family have suffered.
Contact Powers & Santola in upstate New York today for a free claim review to learn more about how we can help you.
Dangers in Children’s Products
CPSC studies and other scientific studies published by the CPSC about injuries related to children’s products refer to accidents involving:
- Baby baths and bath seats.
- Baby bottles, bottle warmers, bottle sanitizers and sippy cups.
- Bassinets and cradles.
- Beds and bedrails.
- Book bags.
- Car seats.
- Changing tables.
- Clothing, including pajamas and Halloween costumes.
- Cribs and mattresses.
- Go-karts and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
- Infant carriers.
- Playground equipment.
- Roller blades and ice skates.
- Strollers and carriages.
- Treehouses and playhouses.
- Walkers, jumpers and exercisers.
In publications devoted to toy safety, the CPSC cites dangers to children from:
- Caps for toy guns, which present a burn hazard.
- Choking hazards from plastic film on toys.
- Dangers from electric toys.
- Toy chest lids that can fall and trap, injure or kill children.
- Strings and straps on toys that present a strangulation danger.
- Suffocation hazard from balloons.
Other products for children – from baby formula to toothbrushes to medicines – are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has the authority to recall defective children’s products or order more prominent warnings about their dangers in packaging and marketing.
We Investigate Children’s Product Liability Cases
Not all accidents suffered by a child while using a toy or another product are caused by dangerous or defective children’s products. But accidents that cause serious harm to a child should be independently investigated if a consumer product was involved.
Manufacturers of children’s products have the same legal duty as other manufacturers to ensure their products are safe when used as intended and warn about potential hazards the product poses.
Manufacturers, distributors and retailers may be liable for injuries caused by a children’s product if they knew or should have known it had a defect that made it dangerous. Such a claim would show that the product:
- Had a defective design.
- Was manufactured defectively.
- Did not have adequate warnings or instructions in its packaging or marketing.
- Did not perform as described by the manufacturer.
A lawsuit would also have to prove that the defect or danger posed by the children’s product caused the user’s injury.
Powers & Santola, LLP, can help if you believe you may have a products liability case based on an accident caused by a dangerous or defective children’s product. We have successfully pursued products liability cases since 1987, including cases involving products designed for and marketed to children.
If evidence from our investigation shows that a manufacturer, distributor, retailer and/or another party was responsible for the product’s failure, we are prepared to work hard to hold the responsible parties liable and see that you obtain the maximum compensation available to you and your family.
Talk to Our Lawyers About Your Defective Product Claim
If you believe a defective product caused an accident that injured your child, contact Powers & Santola, LLP, now for a free consultation. Our attorneys will review your case for free and advise you about your legal options.
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