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How Colorado parents can avoid a defective product injury

Colorado parents need to be aware of certain dangers recently discovered in products designed to keep children safe, such as cribs, car seats and strollers. Manufacturers are held to strict guidelines in the U.S. as to the types of materials used for these products, weight ratings, and even chemicals used in the paint that is applied. When a child is injured or in a fatal accident involving a defective product, there are certain liabilities that fall on the manufacturer.

Recently, approximately 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats were recalled due to a growing number of accidents involving babies falling and suffering major injuries. Among these injuries were 21 cases of skull fractures which the manufacturer feels can be avoided with a new free restraint that consumers can install on the seat. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that in 2007, 1 million Bumbo seats were voluntarily recalled in order to install a sticker that warned against the use of the seat on elevated surfaces such as tables.

Unfortunately only about 20 percent of recalled products are returned to the manufacturer. Typically, items that can be reused, like strollers and cribs, either move on to younger siblings or end up being resold at tag sales and flea-markets. It is advised to always buy these products new and to check into each item to see if there have been any recalls after the items were placed in stores. If a parent finds themselves in a situation where a child has been injured and a particular product may be to blame, it may be wise to report the defect to the manufacturer and to investigate avenues of legal recourse to recover any damages that result.

The CPSC has reported that over 80,000 children have been injured due to a defective product in the nursery. In addition there were nearly 90,000 kids injured as the result of a toy-related product injury or malfunction. For those Colorado parents that have smart phones, the CPSC offers an app that can be used to scan an items barcode prior to purchase to check for recalls. Parents exert a great deal of time and effort to ensure that the products that they buy for their children are safe and effective, however, no amount of diligence can prevent all product-related injuries. When a child is harmed by a defective or poorly manufactured product, parents should strive to fully understand their legal options.

Source: MarketWatch, "Baby beware: 4 child-product problems," Kelli B. Grant, Aug. 20, 2012

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