Potential Dangers of Defective Products for Children

For 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued 17 million product recalls for merchandise that was intended for children. Several items like cribs, strollers, clothing, and toys were pulled out of the market for failing to follow safety protocols required federal law. Left unnoticed, these defective products could pose serious risk of injury for children.

Such was the case back in the year 1998, when a tragic accident involving a defective crib took the life of a 16-month old baby. The infant Daniel Keysar suffocated and was strangled under the weight of his collapsed Playskool Travel-Lite crib. Despite having been recalled 5 years prior, plenty of other infants met similar accidents while using the said crib.

These tragic incidents were able to spark a conversation about the potential dangers of defective toys and products for children. In response, the government was soon able to impose stricter policies and regulations for manufacturers and distributors to follow. Through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, also called ‘Danny’s Law’, the public can rest assured that the items they buy are safe for use and consumption of their children.

Still, as the earlier data suggest, the law isn’t a fool-proof way to assure the safety of consumer products. That’s why the CPSC keeps a close eye on products that may have fallen through the established safety nets. A recent recall posted on the CPSC website alerts the public on a defective stroller whose handle can break and cause the infant to fall.

Now, only one question remains: What happens when these recalls are issued too late? In March 2015, a recall for a residential hydraulic elevator came after causing an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury for a 10 year old child. According to the website of the Mokaram Law Firm Houston personal injury attorneys, the only way to prevent similar incidents is by holding manufacturers and distributors accountable for their negligence.

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