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Infant products account for close to one-third of product recalls

Arizona parents face daily challenges keeping their children safe, and the results of a report from the organization Kids In Danger justifies the need to remain vigilant. According to the report for 2016, 67 million units of 76 different children's products required recalls for defects. Almost one-third of these products were for use in baby nurseries.

Even simple items, like the Step-iT activity wristband distributed by McDonald's in Happy Meals and Tommee Tippee sippy cups, posed hazards. McDonald's had to recall the promotional wristbands because of the irritation they caused to children's skin. The sippy cups resisted efforts to clean them and became moldy. People reported 68 injuries from the cups.

The furniture company Ikea had to recognize the deadly potential of some of their dressers after four children died. The first death had occurred years earlier, but the company did not recall them until the dressers fell over and crushed three more children to death. The company settled with the families of the latter three victims for a total of $50 million.

Under products liability law, manufacturers, distributors and retailers might be required to compensate people who have been harmed by defective or dangerous products. A person harmed by a product could investigate how to collect damages by speaking with an attorney. The circumstances that led to the injury could be documented by an attorney, who might also check to see if other people have taken legal actions against the company for the same or similar product. After filing paperwork with a court that details problems such as insufficient warning labels or negligent manufacturing, an attorney could communicate the injury claim to the company and seek a settlement prior to a trial.

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