As consumers, when we purchase a product, we assume it meets the necessary safety requirements and will not cause harm to our families or ourselves. When products do not meet those standards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will step in and issue a recall of the product, in an effort to protect American customers.
Recently, the CPSC recalled the Flexible Flyer Swing Sets manufactured by The Troxel Company. Over 100,000 sets, which consisted of 11 unique models, were distributed in the United States. According to the CPSC, there were 1,232 reports of problems with the products. In each case, the see saw set broke. In 13 cases, the children playing on the swing set sustained injuries, including "bumps, bruises and lacerations."
People who purchased the swing sets have been advised to stop using the set until they contact the company, which will provide a free kit to repair the flaw.
Those injured by a consumer product may be able to recover damages by filing a products liability lawsuit.
The CPSC is tasked with protecting the public from "unreasonable risks of injury or death" that could occur from the use of products on the market. According to the agency, "Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually."
When someone suffers a personal injury as a result of a consumer product flaw, it is always advisable to contact the CPSC to report the incident. In addition, consulting with an experienced products liability attorney can ensure the injury party receives just compensation.
Source: CPSC, "Troxel Recalls Flexible Flyer Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard," July 11, 2012.