Every year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls millions of dangerous and potentially deadly products made for children. Recall notices for all products are available on the CPSC’s website, and companies often notify customers of product recalls, but potentially life-altering injuries still happen.
According to Consumer Reports, the largest child product recall in the U.S. in 2012 was the Bumbo Baby Seat, which posed a fall hazard and risk of serious head injuries. The second largest was a recall of the Summer Infant Baby Bathers bath seat, which also posed a fall danger and risk of serious head injuries. Other products were recalled due to risks such as drowning, strangulation, finger amputation and choking.
Under federal law, if a manufacturer, distributor or retailer learns of any information indicating that a product contains a defect that could create a substantial product hazard, an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death or fails to comply with any consumer product safety rule, it is required to report this information within 24 hours to the CPSC. However, some companies are more concerned with the bottom-line and avoid reporting this information in an effort to prevent a costly recall. By failing to comply with this law, such companies leave your child at risk of serious injury or death.
If any type of product injured your child, whether it was a toy, stroller, crib or other piece of furniture, skilled Hawaii product liability attorneys can provide you with experienced legal guidance. It is possible that there was a defect in the product, and you may be able to receive compensation from those who played a role in designing, manufacturing or distributing the product in question.
Cronin Fried's superior expertise was acknowledged in Honolulu Magazine's prestigious "Hawaii's Best Lawyers" publication which recognized Bert S. Sakuda as "Lawyer of the Year" in products liability for 2013. Bert Sakuda is a senior litigator who has been with Cronin Fried for 34 years.