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When Good Products Go Bad

Submitted by jrlaw on May 21st, 2010

The organization called the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has the job of protecting the public from “unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products.” These products can be anything from toys to food to appliances and more. Any product which poses a hazard (by way of fire, electrical shock, chemical burn, mechanical injury or poison) is not fit for release. Unfortunately, the evaluation process is not flawless and sometimes a dangerous product can be released that’s not ready for the market. This is when product liability becomes an issue.

Though we usually think nothing of bringing home a new household product, there have been many cases of documented injuries that have directly resulted from a marketing defect. The CPSC goes on to say that there were 232,900 toy-related emergency room injuries in the year 2007. That same year, there were 18 total deaths; that doesn’t seem like much when compared to the larger picture, but considering that these deaths actually resulted from a child under the age of 15 playing with a toy, it does bring things into perspective. These deadly toys included tricycles, rubber balls, scooters, balloons, stuffed toys and powered riding toys.

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