One of the most common causes of product liability claims in the United States is defective children’s products. Any type of children’s product can be defective, including toys, bedding, car seats, and food. In 2013, approximately 74,900 children under the age of five were taken to the emergency room as a result of nursery related injuries. Of these injuries, 66% were associated with high chairs, cribs, mattresses, strollers, infant carriers, or car seats. When a product is considered defective, it is generally classified into one of three defective product categories – poor design, faulty construction, or improper labeling.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission
Founded in 1972 by Congress, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) serves to “protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.” The agency regulates safety guidelines, recalls unsafe products, conducts research, and works toward decreasing the chance of injuries and fatalities to consumers. CPSC is a helpful resource for parents of injured children who believe a defective product is responsible for their child’s injury.
Car seats and strollers are two of the most commonly recalled children’s products. The most common injuries caused by defective car seats and strollers are generally due to:
- Faulty stroller brakes causing uncontrollable and unexpected rolling
- Unsafe center of gravity causing stroller rollovers
- Faulty locking mechanisms causing strollers to fold while children are still inside
- Inadequate restraints on strollers and car seats causing children to fall out
In late 2014, 11 models of strollers were voluntarily recalled by manufacturing giant, Graco, because of severe finger injuries, including amputation. Retailers such as Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Toys R Us had been selling these products since 2000. Continue reading