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Number of Children’s Product Recalls Drop, Number of Injuries on the Rise

February 18, 2013 Products Liability

file0001303975527-thumb-250x187-59042Kids in Danger (KID) recently released their annual report on children’s product recalls from the previous year. Overall, there were 97 children’s product recalls. The last time there were fewer than 100 children’s product recalls was 2004. In 2012, the number of children’s product recalls dropped by 20% but the number of incidents (up 49%), injuries (up 42%) and deaths (up 200%) associated with those products drastically rose over the year.

Findings of the report include:

  • 31% of the recalls were for nursery products bought to be used with the most vulnerable consumers–infants and toddlers.
  • One Product, the Flexible Flyer Swing Set, had 1,232 reported incidents before consumers were alerted to the dangers through the recall.
  • Eight children and one adult died prior to the recall of these products.
  • One of the most deadly products, the Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliner by Baby Matters, were not recalled by the manufacturer, but by retailers who stepped up to offer refunds to consumers.
  • Sleep environment products continue to pose a significant hazard, with 7 deaths associated with these products.

KID recommends that parents check the products used with their children at SaferProducts.gov for recalls and injury reports and sign up for safety updates at KidsInDanger.org. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, you may be eligible to receive compensation under Indiana law. We advise you to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in evaluating your possible claim.

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