Wooden toys have become increasingly popular in recent years, due to their perceived safety compared to their plastic counterparts. However, nearly a half-million wooden toys sold in the fall of 2018 are now being recalled by retail giant Target. Target issued the voluntary recall on Monday, citing the potential choking risk the toys pose.
As a parent, you do everything in your power to protect your children from danger, but that doesn’t stop defective and harmful products from making their way onto the market. If you or your child has been injured due to a dangerous product, contact Hayes Law Firm, APC, and our Montebello product liability attorney today to weigh your legal options and begin the process of holding the responsible party accountable for your damages.
The toy in question is the Bullseye’s Playground wooden toy vehicle. A recall notice located on the website for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that the toys were sold from October through November of 2018. Target sold the toys for $1 each at its stores across the U.S., and they were available in a pack of eight online, retailing for $8. A total of 495,000 units were involved.
Although no injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC, there have been instances of the wheels on the vehicles detaching, which presents a potential choking hazard for children. There is also a report of one vehicle missing a wheel when the package containing the toy was first opened. The CPSC advises consumers to discontinue use of the toys and to return them to Target to receive a refund in full.
Consumers have a right to expect that the items they purchase will not cause them harm when used as expected by the manufacturer. When products fall short of their expectations and cause harm to the end user, then the parties responsible for introducing them to the market can be held liable for resulting damages.
Product recalls are not unusual—every week there seems to be several dozen products on the hot list for recall. Companies have the ability to issue their own voluntary recalls, based on their own determination of the potential for harm by the end user or based on a governmental investigation into the product. Companies that issue voluntary recalls generally do so to negate any liability they may face if the product ultimately causes harm. The government also has the power to force the company to issue a recall for products it deems dangerous.
The type of defect in the product generally determines who is liable for any injuries. A design defect, for example, means that the product was unsafe by its very design. A defect in manufacturing means that the defect occurred due to errors or negligence during the manufacturing process. And lastly, a marketing defect occurs when the product’s marketing makes it unsafe for the intended consumer, such as marketing a toy for children that has small parts that may pose a risk for choking.
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