Anyone who has had a child (or who has been a devoted uncle or auntie, godparent, or other guardian) will likely agree that the experience is 99 percent blessing and only 1 percent curse. Of course, that 1 percent makes its presence felt: from dirty diapers to early morning awakenings and with the constant fear and vigilance that is never enough to avoid turning every sharp corner and power outlet into a potential hazard. Unfortunately, the aggressive speed with which many products are manufactured today acts to increase the risk of a tragic Nevada unsafe baby product injury.
Some will say that ‘kids will be kids,’ that ‘what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger,’ and so on with other platitudes. In fairness, it is true that no parent can provide his or her child with ultimate protection from risk of harm without denying that child the experiences that will make it a rich, interesting person. But it is one thing to concede these philosophical grounds and it is quite another to be an apologist for companies that knowingly or without concern allow their products and services to put the families that use them at risk of Las Vegas personal injury.
Consumer protection agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are relatively new entities in our country but they already have a lengthy record of taking harmful defective products off the shelves. Some recent targets of federal investigations and recalls are an estimated 76,000 bed-side sleepers made by Arm’s Reach Concepts and nearly 30,000 pacifiers made sold with the Pampers and/or Key Baby brand names. In the latter case, a refund is available to purchasers of these products from the last few months; in the former case, the product was on shelves more than ten years ago and there is concern that the products may be cycling through the economy in second-hand retail and wholesalers. Nearly a dozen incidents have been reported involving the bed-side sleepers where infants slipped into spaces below or between the intended sleeping surface and became entrapped. The design flaws in these products highlights the many ways that seemingly harmless consumer products can pose risk of death, serious injury, or long-term brain damage due to asphyxiation or suffocation.
If you believe that your family may own one of these products, you can find more information on the CPSC Web site. One of the advantages of having these dedicated agencies is that they scan the marketplace for potentially harmful products and attempt to intervene before tragic injuries occur. However, manufacturers need to take responsibility for their products and that is one reason why we have a civil court system: to hold irresponsible companies accountable for injuries caused by defective products through Nevada jury awards and lawsuit settlements. If your family has already suffered harm due to one of these or any other unsafe, defective, or recalled products, contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced Las Vegas defective product attorneys. We will help you understand any pending class-action lawsuits related to your case and offer orientation in your specific circumstances.
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