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How Do I Check for Recalled Children's Products?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Jun-2017

It is important for parents to stay informed on recalls involving children’s products. Some recalled children’s products may cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. For example, Graco has recalled more than 25,000 child car seats that pose a danger to children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Graco’s My Ride 65 seats produced between May and August of 2014 use defective harness webbing. NHTSA has warned consumers these harnesses can snap during a crash.

Fortunately, there are ways parents can stay informed on product recalls. However, pulling this information can vary depending on the type of product.

  • Auto products: For products that are used in vehicles, such as car seats, parents should use safercar.gov. This website is operated by NHTSA and can inform consumers of recalls involving car products. NHTSA’s website also contains instructions on how to register your car seat, which can help you stay informed of recalls. In addition, you can also sign up with NHTSA’s website to receive email alerts for recalled vehicles and parts.
  • Toys and furniture: For other consumer products, parents can use the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (cpsc.gov) website to check for recalls. Parents can receive recall information on products such as children’s toys or furniture by using the website.
  • Nutritional and food products: Finally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also has information on recalls for children’s nutritional products. Recalls can include products such as vitamins, supplements or foods.

Can I File a Product Liability Lawsuit?

Dangerous products may not be recalled until after they have caused injuries or deaths. For example, Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets contained alkaloids from the belladonna plant, also known as deadly nightshade. More than 400 adverse event reports involving the product have been filed with the FDA. An estimated 10 children may have died after being given the product. However, the product was not recalled until months after these reports surfaced.

Parents of children who suffered catastrophic injuries or death caused by defective products should contact a product liability attorney. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or retailer for damages. The Virginia and Maryland product liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help parents look at available legal options.
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