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Kids: Not the only targets of dangerous products

It’s hard to resist a toddler or little kid who sees a toy in a store and jumps up and down with joy, or cries all the way to the cashier because a parent resists buying it. But hundreds of toys made overseas are dangerous, if not deadly.

Dollar Tree headed a list of stores under investigation by federal regulators in 2015, according to Bloomberg News, for selling unsafe toys. A four-year old girl died after swallowing the cap on a small tube of paint made in China that had no choking hazard warning.  Her family is suing.

Dangerous products of all kinds threatening Americans

From pesticides to ATVs, the market is flooded with items made with poisonous substances and others with defective parts that can maim or kill.

In November 2016, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled the 2017 Maverick XS XDS, warning that consumers should stop driving the off road vehicle immediately. All products subject to “voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall by the CPSC” cannot be sold legally in the United States.  The CPSC has recalled similar ATVs.

If a pesticide has no EPA registration number on its label, it’s illegal. Counterfeit chemicals masquerading as legitimate products can be deadly.  The highly publicized weed killer Roundup is now suspected of causing cancer.  Its victims are filing lawsuits against its manufacturer.

Furniture can kill kids too

In 2016, Ikea recalled 29 million chests and dressers manufactured between 2002 and 2016 that are “prone to toppling” after they crushed six children to death and seriously injured at least 36 others, according to The New York Post, ABC News and other major news outlets. The mother of a 2-year old toddler killed by a dresser has filed suit against Ikea.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rarely inspects products

The CPSC “regulates 10,000 products”, according to Bloomberg News, but inspects less than “one percent of imports under its jurisdiction.” Foreign companies routinely take advantage of the loophole.  It’s up to American retailers to test the items for safety.

Where the system fails, the law can succeed

Anyone injured by a product of any kind should contact Wayne Wright. The firm knows where the responsibility lies even when the product was made overseas.  Wayne Wright has been successfully representing bereaved victims of dangerous products for more than 40 years.  His legal awards attest to his ability to win cases. Clients only pay fees, agreed upon in advance, when Wayne Wright wins your case.  Calls and evaluations are free.

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