Jun 2, 2021
Manufacturers of the goods we use every day in our homes and daily lives have a duty to produce products that are safe. When products are found to potentially cause a hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues a recall. It’s something that happens several times throughout any given month.
Recalling dangerous products can help alert consumers and also reduce injuries that could lead to product liability lawsuits. When you’re injured or harmed through the use of a product, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation through a personal injury civil lawsuit.
Let’s review some of the more popular products that the CPSC recalled this past month, and later we’ll provide information regarding how to file a product liability lawsuit in the event of an injury.
1. John Deere Recalls Gator Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard
On May 20, the CPSC announced a recall alert for John Deere’s Gator Utility vehicles due to an error in the ECU (Engine Control Unit) software. The error can result in the speedometer and several speed-related safety systems not functioning as designed, posing a crash hazard and risk of serious injury.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact an authorized John Deere dealer for a free software update. John Deere is reportedly contacting all known purchasers directly.
Units Recalled: About 90
2. Target Recalls Shower Stools Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target
On May 26, the CPSC announced Target had issued recalls for specific shower stools sold exclusively at their stores. The shower stools can become unstable or slippery while in use, potentially causing the stools to tip over and also posing a fall hazard.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled shower stools immediately and return the products to any Target store (or contact Target for a full refund).
Units Recalled: About 58,500
3. JCPenney Recalls Girls Puffer Jackets Due to Entanglement Hazard
On May 26, the CPSC announced that U.S. retailer, JCPenny, would be recalling a line of puffer jackets. The puffer jackets have a drawstring located inside the lining of the bottom area of the garment. The drawstring can become entangled or caught on playground slides, handrails, school bus doors, or other moving objects. As such, the potential entanglement poses a hazard to children.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled jacket away from children, cut and remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard, or contact JCPenney for instructions on how to return the jacket and obtain a full refund of the original purchase price (shipping included).
Units Recalled: About 3,700
4. HSN Recalls Handheld Clothing Steamers Due to Serious Burn Hazard
On May 26, the CPSC announced a recall for a popular handheld clothing steamer sold via the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The recalled clothing steamers can expel, spray, or leak hot water during use, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.
Remedy: Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled clothing steamers and contact HSN for information about how to receive a full refund for units purchased from January 2018 to December 2020, a partial refund for units purchased from January 2015 to December 2017, or a voucher for units purchased before January 2015.
Units Recalled: About 5.4 million in the U.S. (with an additional 14,300 distributed in Canada)
5. IKEA Recalls Bowls, Plates, and Mugs Due to Burn Hazard
On May 19, the CPSC announced a recall on some of IKEA’s most popular bowls, plates, and mugs. According to the CPSC, the bowls, plates, and mugs can become brittle and break, causing hot food or liquid to leak out and posing a burn hazard.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bowls, plates, and mugs and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund.
Units Recalled: About 148,000 in the U.S. (with an additional 11,400 sold in Canada)
6. Peloton Recalls Tread+ Treadmills After Child Fatality
On May 5, a recall on two of Peloton’s popular treadmill models (Tread/Tread+) was issued by the CPSC. The recall announcement made major headlines following the death of one child and more than 70 accidents leading to injury reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Tread+ treadmill models and contact Peloton for a full refund until November 6, 2022. Consumers who return the Tread+ treadmill after that date will receive a partial refund. Peloton is offering consumers who do not want a refund the option of moving the Tread+ (free of charge) to a room where children or pets cannot access the machine. The company is also implementing software improvements to the product to automatically lock the Tread+ after each use and prevent unauthorized access by assigning a 4-digit passcode that will be required to unlock the Tread+.
Peloton’s standard Tread model treadmill was also recalled. For that particular model, Peloton is offering consumers who do not want a refund the option of waiting for a free inspection and repair that will secure the treadmill’s touchscreen and prevent future accidents or injuries. The CPSC and Peloton will provide an update regarding when a timeline for that type of repair is available.
Units Recalled: About 125,000
7. Kolcraft Re-announces Recall of Inclined Sleeper Accessory; Urges Consumers to Act Now to Prevent Risk of Suffocation
According to the CPSC, infant fatalities have been reported with other manufacturers’ inclined sleep products – after an infant rolled from its back to its stomach or side. Other circumstances involving fatalities have also been reported.
Remedy: The CPSC advises that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled inclined sleeper accessory and contact Kolcraft for a $35 voucher to be used on www.Kolcraft.com (or a $20 refund). The voucher can be used until February 20, 2022. Kolcraft is reportedly contacting all registered owners and known purchasers directly via a postcard by mail. Consumers can continue to use the bassinet without the inclined sleeper accessory.
Units Recalled: About 51,000 (The original recall was announced in February 2020)
If you’ve been injured or harmed by a product, filing a personal injury claim can be the best means of recovering compensation for any losses sustained, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional trauma, and more. When a product has a defect and can harm another person, the company has a responsibility to remove said product so that it cannot be purchased any longer. By failing to do so, the company is putting the public at risk.
Accordingly, product liability lawsuits are filed to help keep companies vigilant and always working to keep us safe. If you happen to be injured by a product, contacting the experienced team at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is the best choice you can make.
We handle product liability cases every day, fighting with major corporations and ensuring that injured victims are made whole by recovering any losses from medical expenses, lost earning capacity, and more.
Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.
DLG’s Founder and President, Sam Dordulian, previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. In that role, Dordulian gained first-hand courtroom experience, successfully obtaining over 100 jury trial victories. This kind of unique experience is part of what makes DLG the best choice for your product liability claim.
If a manufacturer, corporation, or insurance company refuses to settle for a maximum financial damages award, we simply take the case to trial and prove it before a jury. Knowing that we prepare every product liability lawsuit for trial is one of the reasons at-fault parties know that when they take on DLG, we don’t mess around. We do not rest until our injured client is made whole again through a maximum damages award – be it a settlement of jury trial verdict.
With two insurance industry insiders who previously worked as defense attorneys for major insurance companies on our team, DLG gives product liability clients an added advantage. Our attorneys know every trick in the book, and are able to counter those effectively on behalf of our clients whenever they arise.
To learn more about what makes Dordulian Law Group the best product liability lawyers in California, reach out to us any time with a question or for a free consultation. We’re available online or by phone at 818-322-4056.
With over 25 years of experience, a 98% success rate, and more than $100 million recovered in settlements and verdicts for injured victims, DLG is the clear choice for any California personal injury lawsuit. Our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means you never pay a penny until we recover a maximum financial damages award on your behalf. For a product liability injury, the best call you can make is to DLG.
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