Consumers in Connecticut and elsewhere expect the products they buy to be safe for their families. This is especially true when it comes to products meant for babies. Almost nothing is more devastating for parents than when a child is seriously injured or worse. Unfortunately, dangerous products regularly pose a danger to infants and children. If consumers are not made aware of the dangers through recalls and news alerts, their families may be put at risk.
In some cases, companies issue recalls on products that have had no reported injuries if there are concerns about the product’s safety. CNN reported a recent recall involving Fisher-Price inclined infant sleeper accessories made for all models of the Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard, despite no injuries or fatalities having been reported as of yet. Last April, Fisher-Price recalled more than four million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after more than 30 infant fatalities were reported over a 10-year period.
The current recall, which was also recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, involves 71,000 products. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that sleep products requiring an infant to be restrained can pose a strangulation or suffocation hazard.
Companies that issue preemptive recalls might not only prevent possible litigation, but may protect consumers and children from suspected dangers. It is important for parents to regularly inspect their children’s products for signs of wear or defective manufacturing, as well as to research online for information about injuries and recalls. If a company is found to be negligent, victims may be eligible for compensation.