In the age of online shopping, sometimes the legal implications are less clear when you have an issue with a product purchased via the internet. Recently, a Pennsylvania woman who was injured by a product she bought online may be changing the way that courts view defective products that were purchased online.
If you are a family with young children, you may have heard about the recent controversy over a certain type of jogging stroller. This stroller has been reported to have caused hundreds of accidents due to a quick-release front wheel that may come off unexpectedly. This can cause the strollers to flip, seriously injuring the person pushing the stroller and the baby inside. This is obviously a scary, harmful, and potentially deadly situation.
Be careful what you buy! A young child is recently in the center of a lawsuit involving a defective product in eastern PA. According to PennRecord.com, a young child's parents are alleging that their daughter was hurt after a scooter she was riding broke. This caused her to fall and hit her head and face on the ground. In looking at the scooter, it appeared that the assembly of the scooter was faulty near the point where the front wheel joins to the axle. The parents are suing several corporations, including KMart and Sears, for negligence in manufacturing and design. Fortunately, the child was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
- Read the labels and make sure the toy you've picked is actually appropriate for your child's age, cognitive level, and level of mobility.
- When gifting riding toys, always include helmets and padding with the gift.
- Don't give small children any gifts involving magnets!
- Research the toy online to find reviews, tips, and warnings from other consumers. Sometimes, word of mouth is the best way to find out whether a toy is safe or not.
- Unsure about whether a toy is safe or not? Skip purchasing it and choose something else that you don't have reservations about.
- Beware of low-cost products. In many cases, you get what you pay for
- Want to learn more about from last year's annual CSPC Toy Report? Click this link for the full document!