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Toy & Infant Product Recalls

California Product Recall LawyerFor parents of young children, few things are more alarming than learning about toy and infant product recalls pertaining to items already in use in the home. Considering the trust that moms and dads must necessarily place in the manufacturers of toys, infant care products and the like, a real sense of betrayal can result from the news that defective design or manufacturing processes may have placed their children at risk.

If the unthinkable occurs and your youngster suffers a serious injury due to a dangerous toy or infant product, a skilled California product recall lawyer can become your greatest ally. At Ellis Law, we have dedicated our careers to pursuing justice on behalf of injury victims throughout Los Angeles, and we stand ready to fight for the compensation you and your children deserve.

Facts about filing an infant product recall lawsuit

As the most vulnerable among us, babies and young children require constant monitoring and parental adherence to safety precautions in every aspect of their lives. When products purchased for the care and development of our youngest family members prove to be defectively designed or manufactured, or were sold without sufficient instructions or safety warnings, serious, life-altering harm can result.

Fortunately, the law does provide victims the ability to seek compensation for:

  • Present and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Ongoing physical therapy
  • Accessibility modifications to the home
  • Funeral expenses where necessary

The baby product recall lawyers at Ellis Law have over two decades of experience advocating on behalf of those injured by items that were defectively designed or manufactured. Securing fair compensation for children harmed by items their parents had every reason to believe were safe is something we take very seriously, and something we are exceptionally well equipped to do.

Children’s product safety recalls

Though it seems as though recalls of toys and other nursery products appear in the news with relative frequency, they are often too late when it comes to safeguarding the health and safety of young children. Manufacturers and governmental agencies charged with issuing and publicizing recalls often fail to sufficiently inform parents and caregivers of the risks posed by the products in question. A lack of a broad-based awareness campaign about items known to be dangerous can result in such products being resold at thrift stores and garage sales or passed along to other family members, sometimes producing catastrophic effects.

While product recalls can be extremely useful in identifying products that have been discovered to be defective or dangerous, parents whose children are injured by items not subject to a recall may still be able to receive compensation. In California, there is a statutory time limit within which claims of this sort must be filed, and therefore it is important to seek the assistance of skilled product liability lawyers as soon as possible after harm occurs. Lawsuits of this type must be initiated within two years of the injury, and the Ellis Law team can guide you through every step of the process.

Liability & causes of action in infant product recall lawsuits

As in other types of product liability complaints, those pertaining to dangerous nursery items may claim breach of warranty, negligence in design, manufacturing or failure to warn about proper mode of usage and strict liability. Putting harmful products into the general stream of commerce is something that we at Ellis Law find unacceptable, and we pledge to put all of our resources to work in order to hold responsible parties accountable.

Our extensive network of case investigators, engineering consultants, medical experts and economic loss analysts have the ability to amass the evidence necessary to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.

Dangerous infant and nursery products can take many shapes, but there are certain warning signs that may be indicative of a problem, including:

  • Presence of sharp, loose or removable parts
  • Lack of warning labels or sufficient instructions for safe use
  • Item is flammable
  • Product incorporates toxic materials
  • Existence of strings or straps that could result in strangulation

While these conditions are not always evidence of defective design or other actionable problem, they can give rise to legitimate claims of negligence, breach of warranty or strict liability if injuries occur. The products liability lawyers at Ellis Law have the ability to thoroughly review the facts of your case, consult with experts and determine whether you have a viable claim for compensation.

Notable toy and infant product recalls

The Consumer Product Safety Commission regularly issues recalls affecting some of the most widely available toys and infant products on the market.

Recent years have seen several examples of highly publicized product recalls including:

  • Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper: product was said to present an impact hazard and was linked to multiple injuries, some quite serious
  • Bumbo baby seats: product presented risk of falls that resulted in skull fractures in several victims
  • Nap Nanny infant recliner: posed risk of suffocation, entrapment and falls resulting in death
  • Playtex pacifier holder clips: risk of choking resulting from cracking and breaking of product
  • Graco child seats: latch defects making quick release difficult in the event of accidents

These recalls of very popular products for infants and young children underscore the fact that product testing and manufacturing standards are often grossly insufficient in terms of protecting our youngest family members from harm. That is why the personal injury attorneys at Ellis Law are committed to asserting and safeguarding the rights of children and families across California.

California baby product recall attorney

At Ellis Law, we understand the heartache experienced by every parent of an injured child. When products designed and marketed as safe for babies prove harmful, the sense of betrayal felt by moms, dads and caregivers alike is palpable. If your child has sustained serious or even fatal injuries caused by a defective or otherwise harmful product, you owe it to yourself and your family to investigate all of your legal options.

Our Los Angeles product liability lawyers have built a record of success in securing multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for injured clients throughout southern California. To arrange for a no-cost initial consultation and case evaluation, contact us at 1-800-INJURED.

  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kids II Recalls Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers Due to Impact Hazard; Sun Toy Can Snap Backward, http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Kids-II-Recalls-Baby-Einstein-Activity-Jumpers/#Remedy
  2. USA Today, Only 10% of recalled kids products fixed or returned, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/02/18/child-safety-recall-effectiveness-report/5425555/ 
  3. New York Times, Graco Recalls Car Seats Over Faulty Buckle, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/business/graco-recalls-car-seats-because-of-faulty-buckle.html