Defective Consumer Goods and Household Products
New York personal injury attorney Leandros A. Vrionedes helps people who have been injured by defective consumer goods and household products, as well as defective toys and other children’s products.
Consumer Electronic Goods
Every manufacturer wants to be first on the market with the latest consumer gadget to maximize their profits. Unfortunately, manufacturers have been known to rush defective electronic goods for sale to the public resulting in injuries to consumers. Many injuries have occurred from laptops and other portable electronic devices with faulty battery assemblies, which create risks for electric shock, fires, and burns. From wall chargers to home theater systems, defectively manufactured products can cause serious personal injury and property damage.
Many small appliances found around the house, such as irons, curling irons and blenders, can suffer from design defects that allow them to easily tip over, or that heat up but do not have an automatic shut-off feature. If these products are unattended, even for a brief while, a fire can result, leading to serious burn injuries or smoke inhalation.
Other household products, such as kitchen and bath cleaners, paints, and solvents, can be defective if they do not include proper warnings and instructions for their safe use. Products like these must be handled with care, often requiring the use of rubber gloves, and even protective eyewear and masks. Many products should only be used in a well-ventilated area. When the product does not clearly and plainly describe these hazards, the product may be considered defective under products liability law.
Children’s Products and Toys
Defective product recalls are very active in the area of toys and products for infants and children. Toys containing batteries, magnets or small pieces can create a choking hazard or cause serious illness if ingested. Such toys must be properly labeled and not recommended for children under a certain age. Other toys have been found to contain unacceptable levels of lead paint, or have sharp points, small lamps that can overheat and burn, or batteries that could corrode, leak or explode.
Other children’s products, including cribs, beds, bedding, bath seats, stroller, chairs and clothing, are often found to put a child at risk of falling, strangling, suffocating, or becoming trapped. For an infant or small child, the risk of a tragic wrongful death is often present.
Consumer products are recalled nearly every day. In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued recalls of 52 different toys, 105 products for infants and children, and 39 consumer electronics. Any one of these products could cause multiple injuries before the problem is discovered and the product recalled.
Stay Safe, Stay Informed, and Seek Legal Representation When You Need It
You can stay on top of consumer product safety recalls by subscribing to email alerts or monitoring websites such as the CPSC or recalls.gov. If you were injured by a dangerous or defective product, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible for help getting the product off the market and securing compensation for your injuries. In New York City, contact Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. for a free consultation with an experienced products liability and personal injury attorney.