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.