People assume their ordinary household furniture is safe. However a failure to design and guard these products has resulted in serious injuries and even deaths. Here are a few recent examples.
Recently, IKEA settled three wrongful death lawsuits for 50 million dollars after its dressers were tipping over when the drawers were pulled out and killed three young children. Three other deaths have been reported as well. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 25,000 children and 15,000 adults are injured in defective furniture tip overs. In 2011, 49 children were killed in tip over incidents! Just this week, Bolton Furniture recalled its dressers because of the same hazard.
On Feb 2, 2017, Restoration Hardware recalled 1,400 glass mirrors due to laceration hazards. This is based on faulty glue that failed to hold the mirror to the backing. It can fall and shatter. The company received reports of laceration injuries which seemed to result in the recall.
Defective Beach Chairs
On Jan, 29, 2017, IKEA recalled thousands of Mysingso Beach chairs because it had received reports of serious injuries including fingertip amputations. IKEA had even admitted in its recall that “the beach chairs can collapse, posing fall and fingertip amputation hazards”.
Holding Manufacturers Accountable
These injuries are foreseeable and preventable. Every manufacturer of a product has a duty to perform a “hazard analysis” to identify foreseeable injury hazards. They then must reasonably try to design away, guard against or warn about this hazard. Most states also hold the seller responsible for these defective designs particularly if they were manufactured in a foreign country. Feel free to contact the defective product lawyers at GoldenbergLaw for more information. (p) 612-333-4662