Consumers in Valley Center and throughout Southern California should be able to purchase products without worrying that a safety defect will cause serious or life-threatening injuries. However, product defects happen much more often than they should, and consumers often do not learn about recalls until other people have gotten hurt. According to a recent report in The Washington Post, a series of recent recalls highlights design and manufacturing flaws in a number of consumer products that could lead to serious personal injuries if consumers do not heed the recall information.
Defective Children’s Products and Child Injuries
A toddler bed has been subject to a recent recall after consumers reported that the bed “can collapse and entrap a child.” According to reports, The Land of Nod company’s “Nook” toddler beds have a faulty headboard and frame system. The recall notice indicates that the headboard can unexpectedly disconnect from the bed frame and can fall onto the bed, entrapping a child who is using the product. Currently, the company knows about four separate reports of the headboard disconnecting from the bedframe and falling onto the bed. Although no injuries have been reported, anyone in possession of one of these beds could be placing their children at risk of injuries.
If you have a toddler bed made by The Land of Nod, and it has the SKU number 404485, you should call the company for a replacement. These products were sold at various stores across the country as well as online between May 2015 and September 2017.
Bicycle Crash Risks and Mountain Bike Recall
Many outdoor enthusiasts in Valley Centers own bicycles, and many San Diego County area residents have mountain bikes. The report indicates that a particular mountain bike has been recalled due to the risk of brake failure, which could result in serious injury or death to the rider. The recall affects all Altitude, Instinct and Pipeline mountain bicycles, in all colors, from model year 2018. Anyone who has purchased a Rocky Mountain bike should learn more about the recall.
Specifically, the recall notice indicates that “the brake cable housing was not secured properly during manufacturing, which can cause brake failure, posing a crash hazard to the rider.” These bikes were sold at Rocky Mountain bicycle dealers across the country between June 2017 and November 2017 for anywhere from $2,600 to $7,300. There are several Rocky Mountain bike dealers in the San Diego area, such as Cycle Quest and North of the Border Bike Shop.
The particular defect represents what is known as a “manufacturing defect.” While there is nothing inherently wrong with the design of the mountain bike, a defect occurred during the manufacturing process. Generally speaking, there are three types of product defects – design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. When manufacturing defects occur, the manufacturer can be held liable in the event that injuries occur.
Seek Advice from a Valley Center Product Liability Lawyer
If a defective product recently caused personal injuries to you or someone you love, you should learn more about filing a product liability lawsuit. An experienced Valley Center product liability lawyer can speak with you today about your claim. Contact the Walton Law Firm for more information.
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