One of the missions of the lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth is to warn people about consumer products that have shown to be defective or faulty. These defective products can lead to serious injury or even death.
There are product recalls every day. Most of the time these recalls originate from honest companies that sincerely care about their customers and they voluntarily make the recall.
Lately, there were two major recalls that have been in the national spotlight.
The first comes from Ikea. Since July of 2015 Ikea has been recalling millions of dressers that can tip over and are being blamed for the deaths of three children. The dressers have been known to fall over if they are not fastened to the wall.
Ikea has been working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which helps carry out recalls. The problem has been associated with several styles of dressers, though it was Malm chests and dressers that have been linked to at least two of the deaths over the past two years.
The company did not alter the product’s design or take it off the market following the launch of the repair program in 2015. The repair program provided new kits to attach the dressers to the wall for customers who hadn’t used the original hardware to secure the dressers.
“Consumers need to act immediately because it’s a very present hazard, especially if you have kids in your home,” CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said in an interview. Kaye said consumers “need to either get their anchor kit from Ikea for free and install it on their furniture, take it back to the store for a full refund or have Ikea come and pick it up from their homes for free.”
An additional recall of an additional 1.7 million dressers in China was also announced recently.
Then there are the hoverboards. They have become enormously popular around the world. However, because of new safety risks, many airlines, railroads, and college campuses have now banned the boards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has said that it has received at least 99 reports of hoverboard battery packs that have overheated, exploded, or caught fire. There have been at least 18 reports of injuries, such as burns to the neck, legs, or arms, as well as reports of property damage.
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