Family, friends and co-workers are busy shopping at North Carolina malls and retail outlets in an effort to finish up last-minute gift purchases. Defective product accident attorneys in Greensboro, Charlotte and elsewhere want to remind shoppers to be cautious of what they buy because not all gifts are safe or hazard-free.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that toys are safer due to more stringent manufacturing rules. But even though defective-toy recalls are down the last few years, child injuries and deaths still remain alarmingly high when it comes to toy-related accidents in North Carolina or elsewhere.
In 2010, 17 children under the age of 16 died in a toy-related accident in addition to another 181,500 kids who were injured badly enough to need immediate medical treatment. Parents and consumers should stay away from balloons, small balls and non-motorized scooters as they often put children at risk of choking hazards or fall accidents leading to serious injuries or death.
The CPSC has recently recalled several products for defects or safety hazards. Some of them include:
TXT golf cars, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles: manufactured by E-Z-GO, approximately 22,000 units have been sold. Drivers are at risk of losing control when the threaded end of the rack rod ball breaks and the ball joint becomes displaced. There have been 71 reported incidents of the ball joint breaking on these units. Products sold for $6,650 to $10,650 at Bad Boy and E-Z-GO dealers nationwide from February 2011 through July 2011.
Rocketfish Battery Case: approximately 31,000 units have been sold in the U.S. The battery case made for 3G/3GS iPhones is at risk of overheating while the phone is charging and can cause a fire. The CPSC has received seven reports of burn injuries or property damage while a phone covered with this product was recharging. The battery cases were sold exclusively at Best Buy stores and Future Shop or were available online between April 2010 and September 2011. The units range in price from $10 to $60. Consumers can receive a Best Buy gift card and instructions on how to return the unit by getting in touch with a local Best Buy store.
KEDS “Know It All” Girls Shoes: approximately 45,000 units have been sold from June through October 2011 at various online retailers or department stores for approximately $23 each. The shoes pose a laceration hazard when the ornamental stars on the heel loosen. There have been 27 reports of scratches or cuts caused by the metal stars coming loose. Girls in possession of these shoes should stop wearing them immediately and return them for a $30 gift card to be redeemed at Stride Rite stores.
More information about these recalls and many others is available online at CPSC.gov.
Contact the defective product accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or someone close to you has been injured by a product that you bought online or at a retail store. We offer free consultations to injured consumers in North and South Carolina. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an injury lawyer today.
More Blog Entries:
Holidays Bring Risk of Defective Product Injury in Greensboro, North Carolina, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 31, 2011.
Strangulation Hazard a Serious Danger in Children’s Clothes, Cribs in North Carolina, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 2, 2011.