CPSC Attempts to Prevent Child Injuries by Recalling Graco and Simplicity Cribs, Step2 Toy Drums, Gap Baby Swimsuits, Gogo Kids’ Hooded Sweatshirts, and Sportime Soccer Balls

April 30, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

Our Charlotte, North Carolina products liability lawyers continue to monitor the latest consumer products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. However, we are also aware that there are many dangerous products that haven’t been recalled that can also cause serious injuries and deaths. Please do not hesitate to contact our Hickory personal injury law firm to schedule your free case evaluation.

Recent CPSC recalls this week involving product defects that can cause injuries to children:

• Along with importer The Step2 Company LLC, the CPSC and Health Canada recalled approximately 21,000 Step2® Basic Rhythms Drums™ because of worries that the plastic clips that attach the drumsticks to the drum may break. Should this happen, the small, broken pieces can pose a choking hazard to preschool age children. No injuries have been reported so far.

• About 2,400 Gogo Sports Inc. children’s hooded sweatshirts are being recalled because their drawstrings can pose a strangulation hazard to kids if they get tangled around the neck. There have been no reports of injuries.

• An unknown number of Simplicity full-size cribs have been recalled because the beds’ tubular metal mattress-support frame can come off, bend, or cause the mattress to collapse. These cribs are a strangulation and suffocation hazard. One 1-year-old child died when he became entrapped in the crib and suffocated. Another child who fell out of the crib sustained cuts to his head.

• Following 99 reports of Graco drop-side cribs by LaJobi Inc. malfunctioning, the CPSC is recalling about 217,000 cribs because the beds pose suffocation, entrapment, and fall hazards. Caregivers rescued two kids who became entrapped. Six kids were involved in crib fall accidents. One of them suffered a mild concussion.

• The CPSC is recalling about 1,000 Sportime TechnoSkin Foam Balls and TechStitched Soccer Balls because they contain excessive levels of lead that violate the federal lead paint standard. There have been no injuries or illnesses reported to date.

• Gap and the CPSC are recalling about 6,500 baby swimsuits Their halter straps were made too short, and as a result, the plastic ring near the swimsuit’s neck can press up against the infant’s throat, which can block his her/her airway. This can lead to strangulation. No injury reports have been filed.

You may have grounds for a North Carolina injuries to children lawsuit if your son or daughter was seriously injured because a product was defective or malfunctioned. Negligent manufacturers, sellers, and distributors can be held liable for North Carolina products liability.

Recalls, Consumer Product Safety Commission

Related Web Resources:
Defective Product Liability Claims: Who to Sue?, Nolo

Consumer Reports

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