Defective products for kids may include any products that are marketed specifically for young children. These include products such as toys (like fidget spinners or toys for babies), sports equipment, school and educational materials, recreational products, clothing, and other types of products. Injuries may result from defects involving toxic materials, sharp or dangerous parts of the product, or choking hazards.
What are Some Common Types of Defective Products for Kids?
Generally speaking, a product can be defective in three main ways:
- Design defect: This is where the entire design of a children’s product is defective. In such cases, the entire line of products may have to be recalled.
- Manufacturing defect: This is where specific products are defective due to the way they were constructed or put together. The overall design of the product may be safe, but certain batches of the product may need to be recalled.
- Warning label defects: These occur if there are no warning labels when needed, or if the warnings are placed in a way that is difficult or impractical to read.
Specifically, defective products for kids often involve products such as:
- Defective above-ground swimming pools
- Dangerous bicycles, scooters, skates, electronic skateboards, and other "riding" products
- Products that involve sharp edges (like slap bracelets), choking hazards, or toxic materials
- Products designed to mimic weapons
- Poorly constructed sports equipment
In some cases, "kids products" often involve interaction with a parent or adult. An example of this is a feeding chair for older toddlers, or a tandem bike that is to be used with an adult. These can cause injuries to children if the parent does not understand how the product is supposed to work.
How Can I File a Claim for a Defective Product?
The first thing you should do is to check whether a dangerous product has been subject to a consumer recall. If so, there should be instructions regarding how to proceed with the product, or if any injuries have occurred.
In serious cases, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against a manufacturer, designer, retailer, or other responsible party. In such cases, the remedies provided by a product recall might not be sufficient to meet your needs. You should compile all information related to the injury, including product receipts and instructions, medical payment bills, and other documents that might be used when calculating a damages award.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Defective Products for Kids?
Products that are intended for children only can often present various dangers that the parents might not be aware of. You may wish to hire a products and services lawyer if you believe that you or a loved one has a claim involving a defective product. Your attorney can guide you through the process by providing you with valuable legal advice, representation, and information on the matter at hand.