On April 12, the children’s products manufacturer Fisher Price announced that it was issuing a recall for the popular Rock ‘n Play baby sleeper. The company advised that parents should stop using the product immediately, citing safety concerns. The popular product has been on the market since 2009 and has been linked to 32 infant deaths. This recall affects approximately 4.7 million products.  The Rock ‘n Play has been a popular item on baby registries for years. It reclines, rocks, vibrates, and plays soothing music.
Earlier this month a Las Vegas jury heard testimony in a civil lawsuit filed by former Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid against the makers of Thera-Band, a popular exercise band. Senator Reid alleged that one of these exercise bands failed during use, causing a severe injury that left him blind in one eye. Senator Reid sued the company for an undisclosed amount.
While November signifies many things (the heart of autumn, the beginning of the winter holiday season, the end of the harvest, etc.) for many, it is a month to remember and raise funds for men’s health. The “Movember” movement aims to raise awareness and money to fight health conditions that affect men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide. The Movember movement also attempts to hook up men with practical information that can make it easier for them to take care of their health and avoid life-threatening illness.
It’s a common scenario: a busy parent has spent the day caring for their young baby, and now they are both physically and mentally exhausted. If the child would only sit still for five minutes, laundry could be started, dinner could be made, or a hard-working mother or father could relax briefly. There are several devices parents turn to in these circumstances that strap a baby in with some sort of activity or entertainment. Bouncers, baby gyms, and Bumbo chairs are common favorites. Another commonly deployed device is the baby walker.
Product recalls are a specialized area of law where liability is called into question for manufacturers and retailers. In this case, a particularly important product is being recalled with serious consequences for buyers if they end up with a defective product. Can you imagine a piece of safety equipment that you only use in an emergency that you absolutely need to work when you pull it out? If you pictured a fire extinguisher, then you have a gruesome yet accurate imagination. This recall stands to impact millions of consumers.