December 2016 Product Recalls May Lead to 2017 Product Liability Lawsuits
Every year there are companies forced to issue product recalls, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes not. In many cases, a manufacturer may not recognize the issue until they begin receiving complaints of accidents and injuries caused by their defective product.
December 2016 product recalls may lead to 2017 product liability lawsuits
Voluntary recall date: December 20, 2016
Name of product: Qbit strollers
Number of units recalled: about 29,400
Reason for recall: A laceration hazard caused by a gap in the stroller’s folding side hinge that may pinch the user’s hand during folding. A secondary issue is the unexpected folding of the stroller which may cause injury and fall hazard to the infant riding in the stroller.
Incidents/Injuries: Aria Child has documented five reports of end users being pinched by the stroller hinge mechanism; these pinches resulted in stitches for lacerations to four consumers. The company has also reported 71 times when the stroller folded unexpectedly, leading to a variety of injuries to the infants and caregivers including bumps, bruises and a fractured wrist.
Remedy: Consumers are being instructed to immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Aria Child for a free replacement stroller.
Voluntary recall date: December 13, 2016
Name of product: Cuisinart® food processors
Number of units recalled: About 8 million plus about 300,000 sold in Canada
Reason for recall: A laceration hazard caused by the food processor’s riveted blade because small metal pieces may break off the blade over time.
Incidents/Injuries: Conair has documented 69 incidences of consumers finding broken pieces of the blade in their processed food, including 30 personal injuries ranging from mouth lacerations to tooth injuries.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the food processor’s riveted blade and contact Cuisinart for a free replacement blade.
Voluntary recall date: December 8, 2016
Name of product: Luminous Candle Collection
Number of units recalled: About 31,000 plus about 300 units sold in Canada
Reason for recall: A laceration hazard caused by the potential cracking of the glass jar when the candle is lit.
Incidents/Injuries: Yankee Candle has documented 16 incidences of a jar cracking but no injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Do not use the recalled candles and contact Yankee Candle for a full refund.
Voluntary recall date: December 16, 2016
Name of product: LG Portable Air Conditioners
Number of units recalled: About 466,000 plus 36,000 units sold in Canada
Reason for recall: Risk of fire when the portable air conditioner overheats.
Incidents/Injuries: LG Electronics has reported four fires that have caused $380,000 in property damage. No personal injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable air conditioners and contact LG to schedule a free repair at an authorized service center.
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