Articles Posted in Product Liability

Arizona Defective Tire AccidentAs experienced Somerton tire blowout accident attorneys, we are invested in helping drivers keep themselves and their passengers safe during every trip. Part of maintaining a safe vehicle is having proper maintenance done by a skilled professional on a regular basis. Drivers can keep their cars in road-ready condition year-round by:

  • following the recommended tune up schedule for their vehicle;
  • getting their oil and filters changed regularly; and
  • checking their tire pressure monthly and having troublesome tires serviced by a professional mechanic or tire shop.

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As parents of seven children with our 8th to be arriving in January, as well as Phoenix product liability attorneys, we are always trying to stay on top of the latest safety findings for kids. This latest product ban comes, we fear, too late for many families.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has outlawed the manufacture, sale, and re-sale of drop-side cribs. The products, designed with one side rail that moves up and down to make it easier for parents to remove the child, have been made by many different manufacturers over the past 10 years.

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As parents such as ourselves hit the toy stores this holiday season, it is important for all to be aware of the potential risk of serious injury that exists in many popular toys for our children. Last year, over 250,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by toys (Consumer Produce Safety Commission 2009). Twelve children suffered a wrongful death after their injuries (CPSC 2009).

Safe Kids USA has compiled a few safety tips for parents to remember about purchasing safe toys and how to use them safely (2010).

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As parents and Arizona product liability attorneys, we are always on the look out for the newest and best products to keep our children safer. When we heard about this latest recall, we wanted to pass on the message as quickly as possible to our readers to prevent other injuries or deaths.

Graco, a large baby product manufacturer, is recalling over 2 million strollers after reports of four infants died in the product between 2003 and 2005 (KPHO 10/20/10). The problem with the strollers is the opening between the tray and the bottom of the seat where unbuckled children may slip, become trapped, and risk strangulation. In addition to the four deaths reported, several reports of injuries have also come in of children getting cuts and bruises, and another report of a child having trouble breathing after getting stuck.

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Finding toys that will entertain our children is difficult enough considering the particularities of each child. When the popular toys on the store shelves are deemed hazardous to the health of our children, it creates doubt in the integrity and safety of all toys. As parents as well as product liability attorneys, we are discriminating in the toys we select for our children and encourage all parents to examine the entire construction of toys for strength, durability, and potential hazards.

Popular toy manufacturer, Fisher-Price, is recalling over 10 million toys due to risks of injury (KPHO 9/30/10). The recall includes 7 million tricycles, 1 million high chairs, nearly 3 million play sets, and 100,000 small toy cars.

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As parents expecting another baby in a few months, we want to be sure we give our children the best nutrition we can so they grow healthy. As product liability attorneys, we want to make sure manufacturers are only putting the best products out there to feed the nation’s babies.

Popular infant formula manufacturer, Abbott, producer of Similac, issued a voluntary recall of their powder line of formulas, including some products in plastic containers or 8, 12.4, and 12.9 ounce cans. The products may contain beetles, larvae or insect parts, which may cause gastrointestinal irritation. No liquid formulas are included in the recall.

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More and more children’s toys have technology embedded in them. They can light up, make music, and provide hours of entertainment. Sometimes these toys, while effectively keeping the children busy, can be very dangerous. Oftentimes there are many recalls of toys for risks of injury. As parents ourselves and product liability attorneys in Arizona, we advise to check recalls often not only for children’s toys, but any consumer product that may be in use in your home. The best way to prevent injury is to remove the product from use.

Chuck-E-Cheese is a popular family destination for children to play arcade games and win prizes. The prizes aren’t much to adults but to children, they are trophies. Unfortunately, some of the prizes have manufacturing flaws that can cause injury to your child.

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The National Transportation Safety Board found Arizona to be one of the 21 states whose booster seat laws are not up to the standard set in 1996 (KPHO 9/13/10). As parents and Arizona car accident attorneys, we want to be above and beyond the minimum standard for child passenger safety.

The recommendation from the NTSB in 1996 states that children must ride in booster seats from the time they are 40 pounds up until they are eight years old or 4 ft, 9 in tall. Without a booster seat, children are at risk of more serious injury should there be an accident. The seat is designed to raise a child so the seatbelt fits them properly.

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As attorneys and parents of seven children and one more on the way, we are big fans of encouraging healthy eating and playing. We are always looking for safe, entertaining, and educational toys for our children. When a toy is recalled, we are alarmed that children are subjected to such dangers due to the negligence of the manufacturer.

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and manufacturer The Land of Nod have recalled its “Play with your veggies” play set due to exposed wires in the asparagus toy. The exposed wire can cause a puncture or laceration injury, but none have been reported so far. The play sets were sold between October 2007 and February 2010 both in stores and online.

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As Arizona personal injury lawyers, it is important to warn that injury can be very serious with propane tanks. Grilling season is in full bloom, and propane tanks are being filled at a fast pace. While it may produce a great flavor in your burgers, propane-fueled grills can also be very dangerous.

At the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds over the weekend, an explosion caused by a propane leak seriously burned two women and caused damage to their trailer (Associated Press via Arizona Republic 9/6/10). One of the women lit a candle in the trailer, which ignited the leaking propane.

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