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Recalled products could injure or kill unsuspecting consumers

Posted on August 20, 2014 in Products Liability

Most products entering the marketplace have undergone at least minimal testing to determine whether they are safe for consumers. Like most Americans, Californians tend to trust that the products they buy have met certain standards. Unfortunately, not every product is safe when it reaches consumers and buyers and users of such defective products sometimes risk injury or death. To protect consumers from defective products, manufacturers are expected to issue product recalls whenever they discover threats to consumer safety.

Most recently, several products were recalled because they presented various safety risks. Among these items are lighted nightstands manufactured by Lea Industries, which were sold nationwide between March 2013 and April 2014. These nightstands were recalled because the light fixture under each nightstand is prone to overheating and could cause a fire. Flat-screen televisions from VIZIO sold nationally between December 2013 and June 2014 were recalled because their stands could break and cause the television to tip over, thus presenting the hazard of an impact injury.

Furthermore bar stools from Samson International, which were exclusively sold in specific areas, such as San Francisco, between May 2014 and June 2014 were recalled because they posed fall hazards due to fragile footrests that could break and cause those sitting on the stools to lose their balance. Dive Computers from Johnson Outdoors Diving, which were sold throughout the United States from March to June 2014, likewise were recalled for leak hazards that would render them inoperable, thus posing the risk of injury to divers from decompression sickness.

Readers who bought any of these items should comply with the recall in order to receive refunds for the products. For details, contact the manufacturers’ websites. In the event that consumers have sustained any injuries using any of these products, product liability lawsuits may help them obtain compensation for any injuries or damages that they might have sustained using these products.

Source: Huntington News, “Recalls this week: nightstands, flat screen TVs, and other product recalls,” Aug. 7, 2014