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Recalls of Children's Products on the Rise

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 contact a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.