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Protecting Children from Defective Products for the Holidays

Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued a statement saying there were over 2 million units of violative or dangerous toys seized last year.

These dangerous products never made it into children’s hands. Even with the good news, there were still some products that slipped through and wound up taking the lives of about 13 children. Thousands of kids are seriously injured each year by dangerous toys, clothing, bedding or other defective products marketed for use by children.

Our Fort Lauderdale defective products attorneys understand this is a very important time of year to be in-the-know when it comes to the latest product recalls from the CPSC. You never want to give a loved one, especially a child, a gift that comes with some serious risks for injury. Nor do you want to accept gifts and thereby unwittingly bring dangerous products into your home. It’s important for all Christmas shoppers to check out the latest recalls before hitting the stores and knocking out their holiday shopping. This list can help to save lives and prevent injuries.

Throughout the last 4 years, there have been about 8.5 million dangerous products stopped by officials. Close to 2,500 of these products were children’s toys. Still, 13 children died. When a product is seized, it’s confiscated by officials at the ports. The ones that sneak through make their way to stores and eventually into your home.

For this reason, officials are reminder consumers to remain vigilant when making toy purchases and to always keep safety at the top of your shopping list.

“Ultimately our goal is to protect our most vulnerable population – kids – and keep them safe this holiday season,” said Tenenbaum with the CPSC.

Latest Recalls:

-Izoard XP Bicycles Recalled by Wilier Triestina, serving up some serious fall hazards. Call (888) 849-7779 for information regarding a replacement fork.

-2011 Havoc Bicycles Recalls by Norco. These bikes can crack at the joint where the down tube meets the top tube. Call (800) 227-5579 for information on getting a replacement.

-Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” and Fabulous Flowers Toys Recalled By Dunecraft. There are marble-sized toys in these sets that can get stuck in a child’s esophagus if swallowed. Take from children and call (800) 306-4168 for a free replacement toy.

-Baby Jogger City Versa™ Strollers Recalled by City Versa Strollers. The frame on the stroller can lock and can collapse while being used. Call (877) 506-2213 for a free replacement stroller frame.

-Dream On Me Bath Seats Recalled. These seats can easily tip over and serve as a drowning hazard to children. If you have one of these seats, stop using it immediately and call (877) 201-4317 for a free replacement tub.

You can be Santa’s biggest helper by checking the CPSC Recall List and keeping defective products from finding their way under the Christmas tree. An informed consumer is a safe consumer. We wish you Happy Holidays!

If you or your child has been injured by a defective product, contact Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC. Call for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case at 1-800-561-7777.

More Blog Entries:

Defective Products Threatening Your Family’s Safety?, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, November 14, 2012

Check CPSC Recall List – Reduce Child Injury Risks in Broward County, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, September 20, 2012

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