For families, keeping children safe is a serious concern, which is why it is important families are aware when their children may be exposed to hazards because of dangerous products. In this respect, Orange County parents should take note that a major manufacturer of children's products recently recalled 3.6 million units of children's plates and bowls due to a potential choking and safety hazard.
The children's plates and bowls recently recalled have a clear plastic layer of graphics over the plates and bowls that can bubble up or peel and pose a choking hazard to small children. The plates and bowls have differing graphics and were sold separately and in sets. The manufacturer has received 372 reports of the clear plastic layer on the plates and bowls bubbling up or peeling off. They have received 11 reports of the clear plastic layer detached from the defective plates and bowls found in the mouths of children and 4 reports of children choking on the detached clear plastic layers from the plates and bowls.
The legal system recognizes that it is important for the consuming public to be safe from unsafe products which is why, in addition to the importance of safety recalls and alerts, it provides personal injury legal protections to victims injured, killed or otherwise harmed by defective or dangerous products. Victims of unsafe products and their families may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered because hazardous products.
There are extensive legal protections available to victims of dangerous or defective products under the legal umbrella of products liability law. It is important for victims and their families to be familiar with this sometimes complex area of the law and the protections it affords them when harmed by an unsafe product.
Source: United States Consumer Product Content Commission, "Playtex Recalls Children's Plates and Bowls Due to Choking Hazard," Oct. 3, 2017