Noble McIntyre on February 2, 2016
We all love to believe that once we purchase an item, it’s safe and ready for long-time use. But, sometimes that doesn’t happen. On occasion, a product will be recalled because it is determined to be unsafe or cause injury after it has been brought to market. There are lots of recalls every day, and we can’t report on all of them, but we try to hit the highlights. For more recall information about the products in your home or office, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission. For now, take a look at some of the big ones we’re watching right now.
Britax has recalled its B-Ready stroller and top seat because it is possible for a child to bite off the foam on the arm bar, which could cause a choking hazard. This affects models manufactured between April, 2010 and December, 2012. The website has instructions for finding the model number and manufacture date of your B-Ready Stroller. If you own this stroller or top seat, you can contact Britax for a remedy kit, which includes a black, zippered fabric arm bar cover that you can use to cover the foam.
The other recent Britax recall involves its B-Safe 35 car seat. For these vehicle safety seats, the carry handle could crack, which means that the infant could be dropped. Note that this does not affect the safety of the seat in a motor vehicle — it only applies when the seat is being carried by hand. The affected seats were manufactured between October, 2014 and July, 2015. You can check out all the information you need about the B-Safe 35 recall on its website. Like the other Britax recall, there is a remedy kit available that you can obtain by contacting the manufacturer.
More than 300,000 office chairs have been recalled by Office Depot because of the potential for falls. The Crawley II Executive Chair has a defect in the seat weld that could allow it to break, which could cause the person sitting in the chair to fall off. The affected chairs have either the Office Depot SKU number 493822 or the OfficeMax item number 23324118 and “US REG. No. PA 25917(CN)” printed on a label on the bottom of the seat cushion. While there have not been injuries, the manufacturer has received eight reports of cracking or breaking of the seat plate weld. If you own one of these chairs, you can contact Office Depot for a replacement seat plate.
41,000 units of H-E-B stainless steel cookware were recalled this week because metal discs that cover the rivets could pop off and hit the user. This recall includes both individually sold cookware pieces and 12-piece sets under the name “Connect”. You can see if your Connect cookware has one of the affected UPC codes on the back of the product’s packaging. If you own one of these items, you should stop using it immediately and return it to an H-E-B retailer for a full refund.
Another set of cookware that’s been recently recalled is the Martha Stewart CollectionTM 10-piece stainless steel cookware set, which was sold exclusively at Macy’s and Military Exchanges. Similar to the H-E-B issue, there are metal discs covering the rivets that can pop off and hit a consumer. Date codes for affected frying pans are available at the CPSC website. The injuries that have been reported include bruises, burns and welts. If you own one of these 8- or 10-inch frying pans, stop using it and return it to Macy’s for a full refund.
Just another reason to be careful where you sit — the Pier 1 Swingasan Chair and stand has been recalled because of a fall hazard. The suspension on the chair and stand could break, which would make the chair unstable. You can find all of the information about specific recalled models, along with instructions for ordering an at-home repair kit, from Pier 1 online, or you can visit your local Pier 1 store.
If you have been injured by these or any defective products, you should contact McIntyre Law today. A product can have a design defect or a manufacturing defect, and either could make it dangerous to use in the intended fashion. The McIntyre Law team is experienced in helping clients to recover damages for injuries sustained as a result of faulty products, and we can work with you to reach resolution of your claim. Call us today!