Toys are supposed to delight and entertain children – not harm them. Unfortunately, when toy manufacturers prioritize profits ahead of consumer safety, the end result is that hazardous or downright defective products are rushed onto toy store shelves. Toys that malfunction or create choking hazards can cause serious injuries to babies and children, including lacerations, severe bruising, broken bones, and brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation.
If your child or baby was injured because of a defective toy or children’s product, your family may be entitled to compensation for the resulting medical bills, lost earnings, and other hardships. While no amount of money can ever undo the harm that was suffered by your son or daughter, compensation can help to provide financial stability for your family, so that your child can receive the very best medical care for his or her injuries, now and into the future.
The product liability attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook have more than 75 years of combined experience helping parents fight for compensation and justice on behalf of their children. Call our law offices at (405) 698-3040 to set up a free legal consultation, no matter how late or early the hour. We will keep you and your child’s information absolutely confidential. We proudly serve families throughout the Oklahoma City area, including Edmond, Moore, Norman, El Reno, and Shawnee.
What is Product Liability? Do I Have a Claim?
Like auto manufacturers and drug companies, toy manufacturers have a legal duty to ensure that their products are reasonably safe for consumer use. If the product carries hazards which cannot be eliminated, the product must be prominently labeled with a clear warning that accurately describes the dangers and risks associated with use of the product. Failure to indicate a safety hazard on a dangerous consumer product, or using warning labels that are deceptive or misleading about the potential dangers, is called “failure to warn.”
However, failures to warn are not the only hazards which can compromise children’s safety. Child products and baby products can also suffer from design defects, which are inherent defects or shortcomings in a blueprint, or manufacturing defects, which are defects that occur while a toy or product is being physically produced. These types of defects can create hazards like:
- Failure to support a child’s weight as advertised, leading to accidental falls.
- Materials that are flammable or prone to overheating, which can lead to burn injuries.
- Pieces that fall off to create choking hazards.
- Safety buckles or latches that don’t fully engage.
- Sharp or ragged edges, which can cause cuts.
When an infant, toddler, or child is injured by a dangerous product, the manufacturer and/or other parties may be liable for compensating the child’s family for various financial and non-financial losses, including medical bills, lost income, and the pain and suffering caused by the injury. This area of personal injury law is known as “product liability.”
Did You Purchase These Defective, Recalled Babies’ and Children’s Products?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which has been an agency of the federal government since the early 1970s, is responsible for regulating various consumer products. These regulations can create safety rules for potentially hazardous products, or even ban products entirely. Did you purchase any of these child and baby products that were recalled in 2016 and 2015?
- Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs – Children can open the bean bag and crawl inside, which is a suffocation hazard. At least two child deaths have already been attributed to Ace Bayou bean bag chairs.
- Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seats – The handle for carrying the car seat can splinter and break apart, causing the infant to fall to the ground.
- Chillafish Children’s Balance Bikes – Overinflated tires can explode, spraying anyone who is standing nearby with sharp shards of plastic.
- Classic Characters Infant Elf Booties – Decorative pom-poms on the booties can fall off and become a choking hazard.
- Classroom Select NeoRok Stools – The stools can suddenly break and collapse, posing a fall injury hazard for children.
- Dollar General Battery-Operated Toy Construction Truck – Short-circuiting can cause the toy truck’s remote control to overheat, creating a risk for burn injuries.
- IKEA Lattjo Tongue Drum/Drumstick Set – Rubber pieces on the drumsticks can fall off and become a choking hazard.
- LaRose Industries Peanuts Flying Ace Ride-On Toys – Plastic hub-cabs on the airplane’s toy wheels can fall off and become a choking hazard.
- Nuna Baby Essentials High Chairs – The arm bar can deform or fall off completely, which makes it easier for children to fall out onto the floor.
- Wedgwood Peter Rabbit Baby Rattles – Ball bearings can fall out of the rattle, creating a choking hazard.
Contact an Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney at Hasbrook & Hasbrook If You Think You Have a Case
If your son or daughter was injured by defective toys, games, furniture, clothing, or other children’s products in the Oklahoma City area, you should speak to an experienced defective products attorney about the legal options that may be available to your family. Call the law offices of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 right away to set up a free, completely confidential legal consultation. You won’t be charged any fees unless we obtain compensation for your child’s injuries.