Linda Ginzel, a professor at the University of Chicago became a consumer activist after her 16-month-old son, Danny was strangled by a recalled portable crib at his Lincoln Park daycare. Danny was the fifth infant to lose his life in the Playskool Travel-Lite.
Her son’s death motivated Ginzel to spend the past 10 years fighting for more extensive testing of children’s products before they hit the market. She founded Kids in Danger which is a non-profit organization, committed to the safety of children’s products. Her efforts and story have led to the creation of Danny’s Law requiring the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to execute stricter safety rules for durable nursery products.
If your child has been injured or lost their life as a result of a defective product, contact the Chicago product injury lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. immediately by calling (312) 236-2900.
The idea behind Danny’s Law is to ensure that children’s products are safe before they are available for sale to prevent product recalls and injuries as much as possible. In addition, the law forces manufacturers to include pre-postage-paid registration cards so that parents can be easily notified in the event of a recall.
Manufacturers will have to keep the registration cards for at least six years and place their name, contact info, model name and number, and date of manufacture on each product. Changing tables, full-size cribs, infant carriers, infant bathtubs, strollers, and cradles are among the 18 product categories affected by this law.
All parents who purchase products that were manufactured after June 28, 2010, will receive a registration card that they can fill out and mail in or register online. Their information will only be used to notify them if product recall occurs and never for marketing purposes.
Ginzel explained that the mother that donated the crib that took Danny’s life had no idea it had been recalled. If she was notified about the recall, Danny’s life may have been saved. Ginzel believes that Danny’s Law has the chance to improve the product safety net in the United States.
If your child has been injured or passed away because of a defective children’s product, contact the Chicago product injury lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. right away. They will investigate the details of your specific case to help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to.
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