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Our entire lives run off of electricity. From our phones to our computers to our microwaves, the human race would be lost without electricity. However, this power, while convenient, does come at a cost. Electricity is incredibly dangerous if not administered correctly. It can cause catastrophic injuries, fires, and even death. That is why we have written this article to warn you about common electrical risks in your home and explain when you can pursue a claim for compensation.
Last summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled over ten “winter products.” These items had defects that could be seriously harmful to a consumer. Because of the timing of this recall, these items may still be in use in households today. These products range from personal space heaters, to snow thrower and many other items.
Small, high-powered magnets are regularly used in toys and games. These small magnets seem harmless enough, but they can do significant damage to a child if they are swallowed. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 3,000 children required emergency medical attention between the years 2009 and 2013 after swallowing magnets. When multiple magnets are swallowed, they can draw together with great force pinching and piercing parts of the gastrointestinal system.
You may have dangerous products in your home right now that have been recalled because of the injuries and illnesses they may have caused. There are hundreds of products recalled every year and a new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that less that 5 percent of recalled products are returned or repaired. This means that the vast majority of consumers who have purchased hazardous products that have been recalled either don’t bother to act or are not aware that they are in danger.
The director of the advocacy group Kids in Danger has stated that most recalled products remain in consumer homes. A spokesperson with DailyFinance.com recommends consumers research their products on SaferProducts.gov before selling them online or in a yard sale. It is especially important if the products you regularly use with your children have been recalled.
If you own a Scott or Trek bicycle, you may want to research if it is one of the many bikes recently recalled for crash hazards. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the SR Suntour forks on model year 2011 through 2013 Scott and Trek bicycles can break unexpectedly. About 5,200 forks on Scott bicycles and 120,000 forks on Trek bicycles are included in the recall. Officials say Scott received one report of a broken SR Suntour fork and Trek received 28 reports. At this time, five injuries have been reported related to the defect including bone fractures, a separated shoulder and multiple bruises.
Anyone who owns one of the thousands of recalled bikes should stop using them right away. Consumers would be well advised to take these defective bicycles to an authorized Scott or Trek dealer for a free repair or replacement. Some of the Scott bicycles included in the recall include the Sportster 10, 25, 30, 55, X30, X40 and X50. The Trek bicycles recalled include, but are not limited to, the 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 and 8.6 DS models as well as the Cali, Marlin, Montare, Neko SL, Utopia and Wahoo.
Walmart has issued a product defect recall on one of their popular brands of dolls for potential fire hazards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Walmart has recalled about 174,000 My Sweet Love/My Sweet Baby electronic baby dolls. These 16-inch dolls have been recalled for having a circuit board that can overheat.
The recall was issued after Walmart received 12 reports of incidents, including at least two reports of burns or blisters. Anyone who has these dolls should immediately take them away from children, remove the battery, and return them to a Walmart store for a complete refund. If your child was hurt, however, there are other steps you can take to protect your rights.
Installing a television wall mount is a great way to elevate your screen without having to buy a large entertainment center. However, it is important to be careful in your choice of wall mount to ensure that it is the safest option for your home. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that Ergotron Interactive Wall Mounts have been recalled due to risk of injury. Officials say the “VESA” style mounting plate and the mounting ring on these products could fail, causing the television to fall and strike anyone nearby.
According to the official statement, approximately 195,000 Ergotron wall mount units in the United States have been recalled. The recall was issued after Ergotron received three reports of monitor plates separating from the wall mount system. No injuries were reported, but there was property damage to the components that fell. Anyone who owns one of the recalled wall mounts should contact Ergotron for a free repair kit right away.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released a report on the mass recall of Playtex Hip Hammock infant carriers. In addition to 36,000 units in Canada, approximately 305,000 units in America are affected by the recall. Playtex Products Inc. is a company based in Dover, Delaware. All units were manufactured in China.
A total of 87 defect and/or injury reports related to the infant carriers prompted an investigation and the subsequent recall of the product. All of the reports involved instances of the buckles cracking or breaking altogether. Two of these incidents resulted in injuries, one of which involved an emergency room visit.
According to a report by Medpage Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class I recall of Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Infusion Sets due to a defect that could potentially cause patients to suffer serious illness or even death.
The portable device was designed to replace injections for diabetic patients in maintaining blood sugar levels. It gradually pumps insulin into the patient through an infusion set that involves a tube being attached beneath the skin.
If insulin or any other fluid comes into contact with the pump’s tubing connectors, its vents may experience temporary blockage. This blockage can lead to improper levels of insulin delivery and consequently harm or even kill a patient.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on July 18, Macy’s recalled approximately 8,700 Infants’ First Impressions Varsity Jackets, which were sold at Macy’s stores nationwide, on the company’s website www.macys.com, and at Military Exchanges between the months of September and November in 2012. They cost between $25 and $52.
The snap-up jackets are hooded and come in two different color sets: navy blue with green and turquoise trim, or gray with yellow sleeves and navy and yellow trim. The product’s style number, 1300, is located on the label sewn into the inside of the jacket. The jackets were sold in multiple sizes and can be identified by their corresponding UPC codes, all of which are listed on the CPSC website.
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