Before buying a product, it’s important to know whether or not it’s been dangerous for consumers in the past. However, you don’t always have the time to meticulously search the internet for reviews and other articles to find out if what you’re intending to buy is considered dangerous. We’ve compiled a list of the most dangerous products on the market right now so you can be informed before spending your money.
When you’ve purchased a defective product that is not as advertised, you’ll likely want to take legal action against the seller, company, or manufacturer. A product liability lawyer from Buckingham & Vega Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries or other damages you suffered from a defective product you bought.
Let’s take a look at some of the most dangerous types of products on the market right now that parents and consumers should beware of.
Toys and Other Children’s Products
Toys with small parts, sharp edges, or batteries can be dangerous to small children. In 2018, there were over 226,000 injuries to children from toys. Some of the most dangerous toys that are currently on the market are listed on a report produced by World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH). Of the listed toys from WATCH, the most dangerous were reported to be these toys:
- Calico Critters Nursery Friends
- Star Wars Mandalorian Darksaber
- Missile Launcher
On top of small parts that are potentially dangerous for children, WATCH also claims that toys can be dangerous if they also encourage rough play for children. For example, the Darksaber could encourage children to hit one another with the plastic toy based off of how lightsabers are used in Star Wars movies and shows.
Other than how toys are intended to be used, when toys aren’t made properly and have manufacturer defects, these can also be dangerous to children and cause injuries. As a parent, make sure to fully inspect a toy before giving it to your child, and make sure to monitor their play to ensure they’re safe.
Similarly, other products for children like sippy cups and clothing should also be inspected before giving it to your child. They could have small parts you don’t expect or could have defects.
While looking through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s product recall list, the next types of products are what you’ll see most after toys. Kitchen products can be dangerous when used incorrectly, or if they have a defect from the manufacturer. One of the most notoriously dangerous kitchen products is the pressure cooker.
When the lid on a pressure cooker, or crockpot with a pressure-cooking function, is not fully locked, then injuries can occur. The device could explode from the pressure not being contained properly, or it could cause burns to the user. Be sure to always use a product how it’s intended.
Another category of dangerous products is those that are intended to produce warmth for consumers. As many people are aware, heated blankets can pose burn and fire risks. When electric blankets are left on for too long at too high of a temperature, they can cause burns and catch other blankets on fire. If purchasing an electric blanket or heating pad, get one that has an automatic shut-off to help avoid these issues.
Other products to heat a room or space, like space heaters, outdoor fire pits, and indoor electric fireplaces are also on the list of dangerous products for consumers. Most of these products plug into the wall and produce heat from electricity, which can lead to fires inside and outside the home. Make sure that these are plugged into a sturdy outlet, are located away from any objects that can catch fire easily, and you always turn them off when you leave a room.
If you’re considering buying any kind of heating product, be sure to read the reviews and search their name on the recall list to make sure they’re not facing a recall for defects.
Our Lawyers Can Represent You
When you buy a product, you expect it to work as it’s intended and be safe for you to use. If what you bought was defective and causes you harm, you could be eligible for compensation from the seller, company, or manufacturer whose negligence led to your injury and damages.
A product liability lawyer from Buckingham & Vega Law Firm in Albuquerque can help you recover those damages. Contact our office today so we can start discussing your legal options and get you the compensation you deserve.