Part of consumer life involves actively watching out for your own safety. Many products that hit the store shelves may have dangerous defects lingering within them that can injure, maim, and even kill.
Some of these defects are detected in time before they cause major harm to the public at large. The companies that make or distribute them can then issue a product recall — along with an appropriate remedy to compensate consumers for their trouble.
Unfortunately, not everyone gets notified of these product recalls in time. There are those who are among the first to discover a defective product, serving as an unwilling “test case” and the first sign that consumers could be in danger. Others did not receive adequate warning despite the known dangers, leading to what should have been an avoidable accident.
If you have been injured by a product on this list or any consumer product through no fault of your own, you could have a personal injury claim to make by way of a defective products case. You can speak with a Miami defective product attorney for a free case evaluation to see if you are eligible for compensation for medical costs, lost income, and other losses.
With all this in mind, here are the top consumer product recalls for December 2018:
These tampons, which are produced under the “U by Kotex” brand (a subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark), have been reported to unravel inside the body. They may then not fully remove from the vagina as intended, coming apart from the string apparatus. The resulting left-behind pieces can potentially create serious health problems and may be impossible for individuals to remove safely without assistance from a medical professional.
Affected products were sold under the “Sleek” product name in 3-count, 18-count, and 34-count packages as well as in multi-packs containing a variety of tampons. The CPSC has not yet added the recall to its database. You can search your product lot number to determine if it is affected on the U by Kotex website. Note that the manufacturer has not mentioned any remedy to refund consumers or compensate them for injuries as of writing.
This recall involves several styles of products sold at T.J. Maxx stores and affiliated TJX retailers, which includes Marshalls and HomeGoods. The knob style descriptions are as follows:
So far only one report of injuries has been made. Purchasers can return the knobs to their nearest TJX retailer for a full refund.
Robes sold by The Company Store online have been revealed to not meet federal flammability standards for children’s safety. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported related to this defect.
Purchasers can contact The Company Store directly for instructions on how to return the items and receive a full refund.
These thermostats were sold at various retailers throughout the U.S. and also installed by HVAC technicians who received their equipment through certain distributors. They pose a risk of wires making contact with home line voltage, leading to short circuiting and overheating. So far, eight fires have been reported — all minor.
Owners should check any thermostats labelled with “Emerson” and remove them to see if they have affected date codes between 1416 and 1536. Owners should contact White-Rodgers directly for instructions on repairing or replacing their units.
Parents and care providers who own Tuo convertible high chairs in charcoal gray or silver/white color schemes should immediately discontinue use of the product. The legs on the chair may suddenly detach from the chair base, potentially leading to a child falling and sustaining injuries. 17 such incidents have occurred so far, none resulting in significant injuries.
Owners can contact Skip Hop directly to receive a refund or an electronic gift card of equivalent value.
Childs’ size hoodies sold at Meijer stores pose a possible choking for small children. The Meijer company that sold them received one report of a zipper detaching, but no injuries have been reported so far. The products were sold in various designs in the following sizes: 12M, 18M, 24M, 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T.
Owners should immediately get the hoodies away from children and return them to any Meijer store for a full refund.
These seats, sold between January 2011 and July 2018, pose a risk of integral hardware components corroding from shower water and eventually snapping apart. The sudden jagged edges created can pose a major laceration hazard, and users may also injure themselves falling to the floor. So far, 60 such falls have occurred. 23 of these falls led to injuries, including scrapes, bruises, deep cuts requiring stitches, and a lumbar fracture.
Consumers should remove the product immediately and can contact Signature Hardware for a full refund.
As you may have noticed, many of the recalled products described above directly caused serious injuries. Injury victims of defective products are usually not informed of their options for recovering medical costs related to their injuries, which can be significant.
You don’t have to let these companies off the hook. You can fight for your right to adequate compensation for all of your injury costs, potentially including lost wages and expenses related to medical care.
Contact a Miami defective product attorney if you think you may have an injury claim against a company because of their defective product. You can start the process as soon as you are injured and before you receive any formal remedy from the company or their representative.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is ready to fight for your rights and take your products injury case. You can contact us online or call us today for a free consultation regarding your case.