When you search for Big Lots online, their description says, “Find surprises in every aisle, every day at Big Lots!” What if that surprise is falling and injuring yourself in the store on a piece of furniture they are selling? That is the case with several customers who tried out a hanging chair in Big Lots stores. Companies who sell the recalled product and the manufacturers who make the product have a responsibility to the consumer to ensure product liability on the recalled product.
Big Lots is recalling approximately 16,000 egg-shaped hanging chairs. The chairs are made from brown plastic and are in a wicker, mesh pattern with a red cushion. The chair hangs from a metal, U-shaped base and pole. When consumers tried out the product, they reported tipped over and swing beyond the base of the chair. This caused the chair to fall off the pole.
Big Lots has issued a recall for all the chairs, but what will happen in the future? When consumers purchase furniture, there is an expectation that the piece of furniture or furniture set they are purchasing is going to be safe. Consumers should not have to be concerned if their furniture is going to fall apart or injure them. They should be able to take comfort in knowing the product they are purchasing is safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
According to a 2014 report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is an estimated 21,100 injuries annually caused by furniture tipping over or instability. Defective products can be caused by not properly testing a product, sending it prematurely to stores, production costs, or other reasons. No matter the reason, these shortcuts can be detrimental to consumers. They are the ones who are put at risk when shortcuts are taken. Being injured because of a defective product is not acceptable. Consumers should speak with an experienced product liability lawyer to understand their legal rights to compensation.
Consumers have the right to know the furniture they purchase will not injure them or a family member after they bring it home. Contact a Chicago, Illinois product liability attorney today if you have sustained an injury due to a defective piece of furniture. At [[title]], we have experience handling product liability cases for many different defect products. You deserve a skilled attorney to fight for you to get you the most favorable outcome. Call the law office of [[title]], conveniently located in Chicago, at [[phone]] for a free case consultation.
*Chair pictured above not actual recalled product.