Children’s Product Recall Deaths Rose in 2019
Young children are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, as they depend on adults to keep them safe from dangerous products and other health hazards. Yet, it often seems like companies aren’t doing enough to prevent dangerous children’s products from going to market. In fact, the number of deaths reported before children’s product recalls were issued soared in 2019, according to the nonprofit group Kids In Danger.
What Products Were Recalled, and What Dangers Do They Represent?
The increase in the number of deaths reported prior to recalls is mostly due to the number of deaths associated with infant incline sleeper devices. Of the 38 deaths recorded in 2019 due to recalled products, 37 of them involved just two items made by Fisher-Price: the Rock ’N Play and Kids II Rocking Sleeper. Both recalls were issued years after deaths were first reported.
Another common source of injuries and deaths to infants and children is unsafe furniture. Furniture tipping over continues to put children at extreme risk, and there were six furniture product recalls due to tip-over dangers in 2019, compared with zero recalls in 2018.
These recalls are not just among smaller, lesser-known brands. In fact, the five companies with more than one product recall in 2019 are all household names. They are: Target, H&M, Fisher-Price, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware.
Social Media’s Role in Spreading Recall Information
Social media can be a powerful tool to help the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other regulatory agencies spread information about product recalls. It’s an easy, effective way for these agencies to warn consumers and then for others to broadcast that information further.
However, regulators appear reluctant to take aggressive steps in this regard. According to the findings from Kids In Danger, the CPSC only posted about 52 percent of its children’s product recalls on Facebook. The agency posted about 59 percent of children’s product recalls on Twitter, and only 5 percent of children’s product recalls found their way to Instagram, despite the wide reach of all three of these social media networks.
When to Call a Child Accident Lawyer
Has your child suffered an injury due to a dangerous product? Whether the product has been recalled or not, you may be entitled to compensation. Companies have a responsibility to protect consumers from dangerous or unsafe products.
As a leading child accident and injury law firm, we can help you hold these companies accountable when they put the pursuit of profits over the safety of our children. Our respected product liability attorneys can help your family demand the maximum compensation you deserve after a tragic accident involving a young child. Don’t wait to contact us for help. There are strict time limits on filing these kinds of lawsuits.
To get started, call Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., today for a free case review. We look forward to serving as an aggressive advocate for you and your family.
Co-founder and senior shareholder of our law firm, Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Kenneth M. Rothweiler began his career as a legal clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Dedicated to complex personal injury litigation, he has tried more than 100 jury trials. These cases resulted in some of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania.