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How Many Of These Harmful Products Are In Your Home?

Consumer alerts and product recalls happen almost every day. Despite the fact that companies have a responsibility to produce products that are safe for consumers, some items fall through the cracks. When companies neglect to take the right safety precautions, people can get sick; or die.

This is what happened in 2011 when Jensen Brothers Farms failed to keep their equipment and storage facility clean, and neglected to follow proper procedures for storing their cantaloupes. These factors created a growth of the bacteria Listeria, causing one of the deadliest outbreaks in U.S. history. It sickened 147 people, and resulted in a total of 47 deaths, including one miscarriage.

Keeping Up With The Recalls

Consumers have the right to hold companies and manufacturers responsible for illness and injury. They can recover compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and more. Consumers can also seek compensation from wholesalers and retail outlets. Each year, more products are sold that cause harm to consumers. And each day, the government does it’s best to regulate these products and issue recalls as soon as possible. Many times, these recalls come too late.

While it pays to keep up with the latest consumer recalls, it also pays to know what products have the potential to cause harm in your home. Some might already have been proven unsafe, even if a recall has not yet occurred.

Drop Side Cribs And Other Children’s Products

Hand me downs are a rite of passage in some large families, and this includes baby furniture and toys. Drop side cribs have been involved in at least 32 confirmed deaths and were banned in 2010. Yet, there may be some out there that have been passed along to future generations. Over 9 million of these cribs were recalled due to the potential of the drop-side rails to detach and trap a baby in the gap, causing death.

Furniture, such as dressers and chests, has been linked to recalls for tip-over risks. Recently, Wal-Mart recalled over 1 million Ameriwood Dressers due to tip-over risk. In 2016, the Ikea Malm dresser was recalled after at least eight children died after the dresser tipped over on top of them.

Other children’s products including toys and clothing have been recalled due to possible choking hazards or increased flammability.

Talcum Powder That Kills And Lead Paint Problems

There have been studies and cases alike that show Johnson & Johnson talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer in women who use it as a feminine hygiene product. Some people have contracted mesothelioma due to the asbestos lurking in the powder. The worst part is that the company knew about the potential health risks as far back as 1982. Lawsuits have been filed against the company for the past few years now, and more cases continue to come to light.

Older homes that have been built and painted before 1978 can put your entire household at risk. This is due to the lead based paint that was used back in that era. If the paint chips off, chips can be ingested or inhaled, causing a wide range of illnesses such as weight loss, headaches, brain damage, and developmental delays in children. A landlord can be held accountable for illness that occurs to renters if the problem is not contained.

Batteries That Burn And Fires That Stay Lit

There have been many products in recent years that have exploded due to the batteries they house. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone, certain e-cigarettes, hoverboards, and other items can catch fire suddenly, causing terrible burns and injuries.

If you have an older Kidde fire extinguisher in your home, you might want to check to see if it’s part of a massive recall on the brand. Over 40 million were recalled in 2017 because they could either clog or fail to discharge during a fire. Failure to put out a fire could lead to injury or loss of life. So far, there have been 391 reports of failure, 16 injuries, and one death. Recalled models were manufactured from 19673 to August 2017.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

How Many Of These Harmful Products Are In Your Home?

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