It is the responsibility of manufacturers to test their products for hazards before they put them on the market, but many dangers are discovered after consumers are already using them. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission lists these defective products on its website along with information from the manufacturers about the dangers and how to contact the company for refunds or repairs.
New products appear on the list nearly every day. Here are a few of the most recent product types:
- Toxic substances: The Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards are in place to ensure that children cannot access and swallow poisons. A child must not be able to open a bottle containing a toxic substance.
- Children’s pajamas: One of the most frequently listed defective products, children’s sleepwear must meet stringent federal flammability standards. Pajamas pose a burn injury risk if they are not flame resistant or snug-fitting.
- Toddler toys: Children’s toys must stand up to the test of time. Wear and tear that exposes young children to small parts and sharp objects creates risks for choking hazards and lacerations.
- Motorized vehicles: Golf carts, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles and other such vehicles often make the list, with defects such as fuel line leaks, faulty wiring and structural component failure. Fire hazards and crash risks are common defect outcomes.
When defective products cause injuries and fatalities, FindLaw explains that consumers may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. However, there must be proof that the damages sustained by the plaintiff were directly caused by the defect in the product.