In spite of a vast number of safety regulations, laws, and lawsuits, some of the items you buy from southern California retailers can still hurt you. If you’re injured or made ill by an item purchased in Los Angeles County, discuss your rights and options at once with an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer. While you’re shopping this summer, here are some factors to keep in mind:
- Look for dangerous parts and sharp edges. If you’re buying for a child, or if the item will be in a child’s reach, make absolutely certain that small parts cannot be broken off or removed and swallowed. Even adults can be injured by products with sharp edges, so products need to be designed and used properly. If an item is breakable, consider purchasing something that can’t be broken but serves the same function.
- Keep your receipts. There are a number of good reasons to keep receipts. Recalls are one of those reasons. If you are notified of a recall or learn that an item you’ve purchased has been recalled, return it to the retailer for repair or replacement immediately. Be cautious about buying used sports items, safety seats, and similar products that may have been recalled in the past.
- Toxic materials are still in use in a number of items. Make sure any toy that you buy for a child includes an ACMI (Art and Creative Material Institute) seal assuring that it was made with non-toxic materials.
- Cords or ribbons: If children are in your home, consider cordless blinds or drapes: Anything with ribbons, cords, strings, and straps – a hoodie or a yo-yo, for example – poses a real risk of strangulation to small children.
If you’ve used a consumer item according to directions, and it causes an injury, you probably have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you’re made ill or injured by any product purchased in the Los Angeles or Pasadena areas, put your case at once in the hands of an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer.