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More Recalls, But Fewer Deaths from Children’s Products in 2017

by Jared Staver in Product Liability

A recent report revealed that there have been fewer incidents, injuries, and fatalities caused by children’s products compared to last year. However, the number of recalled products has increased. This information suggests that there hasn’t been much progress in recent years toward improving the safety of children’s products.

If a defective product has injured your child, you should reach out to a highly skilled Chicago product liability lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to learn about your legal options. Call (312) 236-2900 today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

Details on Children’s Product Recalls

A report from Kids in Danger, a Chicago area children’s advocacy group found that there were 93 different children’s products recalled in 2017. This is a 22 percent increase over 2016. While there were no fatalities that occurred from children’s products last year, there were 1,630 incidents where hazards arose, but no children were hurt. There were also 153 injuries that occurred before 16 different manufacturers announced a recall.

Even though the number of children injured by defective products has decreased, manufacturers need to improve their safety measures and respond more quickly to any reports of injuries that their products cause.

Since 2002, Kids in Danger has reported on recalled children’s products. Its executive director, Nancy Cowles, explains that it’s vital for manufacturers to be more transparent when they discover issues with the products they bring to market. Only eight percent provided comprehensive reports on their recalled products, making it clear that manufacturers are choosing to exclude vital data that deserves to be public knowledge.

Types of Recalled Children’s Products in 2017

The majority of the recalled children’s products in 2017 were by Playtex, which manufactured children’s plates and bowls that presented choking hazards. Other children’s products with high recall numbers include the Britax B-Agile stroller and BOB Motion stroller, which were hazardous because they could tip over and potentially cause severe injuries.

Illinois Product Liability Laws

The strict liability theory in Illinois states that the manufacturer, seller, or another party involved in the distribution chain may be liable for a defective product when it hurts someone. To prove liability, the injured individual must prove:

  • The injury was the result of a defect of the product.
  • The injury or defect was unreasonably dangerous.
  • The flaw existed when the product left the control of the manufacturer.

There are three different types of defects including:

  • Design defect: A design defect takes place when the design of the product is inherently dangerous or defective.
  • Manufacturing defect: A manufacturing defect is when an error arises when the product was being made.
  • Failure to provide adequate warnings: This defect occurs when a product does not feature special precautions of hazards unapparent to the user and hurts them as a result.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. If You Have Been Injured By a Product

If your child has been injured by a defective children’s product, you should contact a Chicago product liability lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to determine if you have a valid case. Our legal team can discuss your legal options during a free case assessment. To schedule your appointment, contact us today at (312) 236-2900.