CPSC Using New Strategy to Keep Tennessee Children Safe

By | Product Liability

Kid will be kids. But without the cognitive abilities and life experience that adults have, a harmless toy can prove dangerous for a curious child. The Consumer Product Safety Commission deals with the safety of products and regulates the need for safety warnings. While the CPSC is usually satisfied with labels on products for children that warn of potential dangers, it has recently taken a more drastic step. The CPSC has issued outright bans on some products that could cause harm. These products are not dangerous due to how they are constructed, but rather become hazardous when used incorrectly. Many…

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Buckyballs Manufacturer Refuses CPSC Recall Request

By | Product Liability

Buckyballs are one of the most popular desktop toys on the market. Essentially, the toy consists of a set of 216 spherically-shaped super powerful rare earth magnets. The magnets can be manipulated and molded to form a variety of different shapes. Buckyballs are marketed to adults as something fun to keep on your desk at work. However, they can be incredibly dangerous in the hands of small children. The individual balls are small enough to create a serious choking hazard if children put them in their mouths. Even worse, though, are the injuries that can occur if children swallow more…

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Memphis Toddler Killed After Driver Suffers Seizure

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A tragic accident in Memphis last month claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl and left her sister, mother and grandmother with serious injuries. The fatal car accident occurred after a driver suffered a seizure and crashed into a group of people who were standing outside a funeral home. According to police reports, the driver had suffered from infrequent seizures over the last 20 years. She had just finished a shift as a waitress at a local café when she started to not feel well. On her way home, she had a seizure and lost control of her car. The…

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Drawstrings Pose Hidden Risk to Tennessee Children

By | Product Liability

With spring now here, many Tennessee children have traded in their heavy coats in favor of windbreakers and hooded sweatshirts. However, parents might not realize that these kid-favorite garments can pose hidden dangers. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission recently issued a warning reminding parents that seemingly innocuous-looking drawstrings can turn children’s garments into dangerous and defective products. Drawstrings, especially those with toggles or decorations on the end, can easily get caught in playground equipment and car doors. This can lead to entrapment, strangulation, dragging accidents and other serious personal injuries. Even worse, CPSC knows of at least 26 incidents…

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Memphis Toddler Killed After Being Trapped in Car Window

By | Product Liability

Earlier this month, a Memphis toddler was killed after becoming trapped in the rear window of her father’s vehicle. Sadly, power windows are well-known for being child killers. Many safety advocates are saying this accident could have been prevented had manufacturers taken steps to remedy this known auto defect. On the night of the accident, the 2-year-old girl and her two siblings were riding with their father in his SUV. The father parked at a Captain D’s restaurant and briefly ran inside, leaving the car running. When the father came outside approximately 10 minutes later, the toddler’s airway had been…

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Fewer Recalls, More Dangers for Kids’ Products in 2011

By | Product Liability

When parents choose toys, clothing and furniture for their children, safety is a key concern. Most make an intentional effort to avoid defective products and devices. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear which products might pose risks to children’s safety. Thankfully, there are a number of government agencies and safety groups dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products. One, called Kids in Danger, recently released a report showing that 2011 had mixed results when it came to protecting kids from dangerous products. The report found that while the number of recalled children’s products dropped by nearly 25 percent, the…

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