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Graco carseat recall, Chicago product liability law firmIn the largest car seat recall in U.S. history, Graco is being fined for not disclosing defects in over six million car seats. Defects in children’s car seats are a safety hazard and a product liability. Parents put their confidence in the car seat manufacturers to ensure that the car seats are safe and reliable. Knowing about a defect and not alerting consumers in a timely manner is a product liability and the manufacturer should be held responsible.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started an investigation in December 2014 due to a high volume of complaints that the latch on their car seats are too hard to unlatch. The defect has been connected with one death in California and has stemmed over 6,000 complaints.

NHTSA reported that Graco knew about the defect and were slow to tell consumers and recall their car seats. Federal regulations state manufacturers are required to report defects within five days of discovering them. They fined Graco $3 million to be paid immediately to the U.S. Treasury and are required to pay $7 million if they do not spend the same amount over the next five years to improve the safety of their car seats.

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toy related injuries, Illinois product liability lawyerThe most active retail months are barely over and toy manufacturers have generated billions upon billions in revenue worldwide. The estimated cost for toy production is over two billion dollars in the United States alone as last reported in 2010. It is a booming industry that may be growing faster than safety officials can monitor.

Toys have evolved over time to include detailed parts and extra gadgets that require additional testing for their safety. They are packaged with age limit recommendations to keep babies and toddlers from choking on small pieces, but there are also unforeseen hazards in toys manufactured today which include:

  • Asbestos;
  • Carcinogens;
  • Lead; and
  • Product defectiveness.

The American Association for Justice reports a 54 percent increase of toy-related injuries from 1999-2008 ranging from choking to amputations to asphyxiation. The number of toys hitting the market largely outnumber the resources for inspection and safety tests available via the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Graco stroller recall, Chicago product liability lawyerChild safety is the number one priority for all parents. They are dependent on products that have been adequately tested and approved for use. When manufacturers fail to meet these requirements, they must be held responsible for damages. Graco, a popular baby product company, recently had almost five million of its baby strollers recalled due to the threat they pose to infants.

This recall affects 11 models of Graco strollers from over the past decade. An investigation by ABC News has revealed that there have been at least 11 cases of finger injuries, including fingertip amputations and lacerations, reported to Graco so far. Millions of families remain in danger due to the availability of these strollers.

It is illegal to sell recalled products. However, baby merchandise, such as these defective strollers, are easily obtainable for resale. Graco has informed stroller owners to contact the company for a free repair kit, but where does that leave families in the meantime? They have a product unsafe for use and in some cases, they may not even be aware of the risks.

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