Recalls of Children’s Products on the Rise
As San Diego product liability attorneys, we are concerned that not enough
is being done to remove dangerous children’s products from store
shelves. According to a recent study, the number of children’s product
recalls increased 12 percent in 2016.
Recall Data for 2016
Kids In Danger (KID) analyzed recall data from the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) for 2016. Its report revealed that there were
76 children’s product recalls last year. It total, more than 66.8
million total units of children’s products were recalled in 2016,
the largest number of units since the recall of 150 million vending machine
toys in 2004.
Also of concern,
KID’s analysis of children’s product recalls showed that incidents, injuries and deaths also increased significantly
last year. A total of 4,842 incidents, 394 injuries, and seven deaths
were reported before recalls were issued in 2016.
"We saw some large recalls -- two with 29 million units each -- as
well as recalls that were delayed despite large numbers of incidents and
injuries," Nancy Cowles, the executive director of KID said in a
statement. "Sippy cups that grow mold and sicken children, strollers
that lose wheels and injure both occupants and caregivers are just a few
of the recalls involving large numbers of injuries this year."
Companies Must Recall Dangerous Children’s Products
As highlighted above, the report confirms that companies need to be more
proactive in recalling products linked to serious child injuries. As we
previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, a 2-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, a 23-month-old boy from Washington,
a 22-month-old boy from Minnesota, and three other children lost their
lives after an IKEA chest or dresser tipped over onto them.
After receiving reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests
and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between the ages of
19 months and 10 years old, IKEA launched a repair program that included
a free wall-anchoring repair kit. However, it did not recall the defective
furniture until another child died one year later.
In a statement responding to the KID report, Janet and Jeremy McGee, whose
son Teddy McGee was killed by the IKEA MALM dresser in February 2016,
asked, “When your son's death is the last of a long string of
injuries and deaths over a 27-year period of time, you can’t help
but wonder why this had to happen. What would life be like today had IKEA
acted sooner to recall these defective dressers?”
If your child or someone you love has suffered serious harm due to a defective
product, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.