Every month in the U.S., products are recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) because of safety hazards. The following are some recent consumer product recalls you may not have known about:
- Costal Carolina Residential Elevators: These hydraulic residential elevators, which have been installed in homes with multiple floors, pose a crushing hazard because the elevator can operate while the accordion-style gate door is open. This recall was issued after a 10-year-old boy suffered catastrophic traumatic brain injury with this elevator.
- Urban Outfitters “Cheeky” Teacups: The gold paint accents on these delicate looking teacups make them a fire hazard. The paint can spark in the microwave, and the cups have been incorrectly labeled as microwave safe.
- Kids Korner Children’s Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts: The zipper pull can detach from these sweatshirts and cause a choking hazard for young children. The sweatshirts are manufactured by Kroger and available in 62 different prints and solid colors.
- Sears/Kenmore 24-Inch Electric Ranges: The heating elements in these ranges may fail to adhere properly to the stove’s cook top, posing electrical shock hazards to consumers.
- Dream on Me 2-in-1 Bassinet to Cradle: The wire supports on the sides of the bassinet can disconnect, causing the fabric sides to lower. Infants can be trapped or suffocated or fall out of the bassinet.
- Dirt Devil Hand Vac Turbo Tool Attachment: The interior fan on the Turbo Tool can break and eject from the housing, causing lacerations to users and bystanders.
- Strike Master Ice Lithium Laser Augers: This tool is designed for use by ice fisherman, to cut circular holes in the ice for access to the fish. The auger is a 24 lb. unit powered by an electric motor and lithium battery. It has two handles, a power switch, a trigger switch, and a drill. The hazard with this tool is the defective trigger switch which, when it fails, can cause the unit to not turn off.
- Bauer Hockey Goalie Masks: The metal wires on the cage can break and cause facial lacerations or impact to the goalie’s face.
- Safe Step Walk-In Tubs: The Safe Step is a hydro massage bathtub with a heated seat. The problem is that the seat heater can get stuck in the “on” position, posing burn hazards to users.
- Mima Moon 3-in-1 High Chairs: The seat on this chair can loosen and dislodge and allow the child to fall. The chair itself can fall over on a child crawling underneath the seat.
Many hazardous products are recalled when their potential dangers are discovered before they have caused any serious injuries to consumers. In other cases, the consequences can be tragic, particularly when they involve injuries to babies and children. To stay on top of recently recalled products, you can visit the CPSC website.
If you or your child has been seriously injured by a hazardous consumer product, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable product liability lawyer. You may have a personal injury claim for compensation for your injuries.