Right after Christmas is not when you want to be hearing about toys that can be hazardous to you and your family, especially if you just bought a bunch of them for your kids. Unfortunately, there are times when the items we buy can become problematic. Right now, Cory Freeman knows that all too well.
He says that the toy he bought for his son became a danger while it was charging.
“I put the kids to bed and I thought I’d charge his toy for him for the morning, so he can play with it again,” he said. A little while later, he says he and his partner smelled something burning. It turns out that the charging cable had begun to catch fire.
Kmart has pulled the item from their shelves, but Edward “Skip” Babbitt knows that toy recalls are not uncommon. In fact, it is not just toys that regularly get recalled, it is a wide variety of items that we use and consume every day.
Recalls and More
Think about the faulty products you have seen on the nightly news: vehicles, foods, medications, appliances, and more. Over the years, we have seen plenty of toys recalled due to chemical contamination, choking hazards, and more. We would like to think that everything we purchase for ourselves and our families is safe, but that is not always the case.
A quick glance at the government recall site shows us that there are currently hundreds of recalls that span many industries. Looking over the pages of affected products, we see some patterns arise in how these cases arise, and often the problem lies with the negligence of a company or manufacturer.
How These Problems Occur
When we talk about faulty products, we are looking at three basic issues: design flaws, manufacturing errors, and labeling problems.
Poor Design: from the moment a product is designed and while it is being built, it undergoes safety tests. This is true for hard goods, foods, medications, etc. Sometimes, though, a design flaw is not discovered until after the product is already on the market.
Manufacturing Error: this is a bit different than a design flaw. A manufacturing error occurs after the design has been tested and approved and alters the original design.
Labeling Problem: everything we use has a label. Whether it is telling us the proper way to use it, the correct dosage, ingredients, or hazards, labels are there to help us use a product correctly. If something is missing, it can cause major consumer harm.
What Are Your Options?
Edward “Skip” Babbitt wants to help if you or a loved one have been injured by a product you have used or consumed. We will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve, from medical costs and lost wages to pain and suffering damages. We will even move to secure punitive damages against the party responsible.