When you buy a new car or purchase a toy for your child’s birthday, you have a right to expect it will function accurately and safely. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.
When consumer products cause injuries, they get recalled, either by a government agency or sometimes even voluntarily by the manufacturer. Jacksonville personal injury lawyers know people can get seriously hurt when a product doesn’t work as intended.
Here are five of the most dangerous products that have been recalled in the United States.
Tylenol made the news in 2010 when its maker, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, recalled over-the-counter children’s liquid Tylenol and Motrin after consumers discovered metal particles in the medication.
McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, made headlines again in 2015, when it agreed to pay $25 million as part of a plea agreement.
But the most notorious Tylenol recall stemmed from a series of deaths in 1982. Over the course of a week, seven people died after taking Tylenol. Eventually, investigators discovered the capsules had been laced with cyanide.
Investigators also determined that the cyanide had been placed in the capsules after they left the factory. Although tragic, the case resulted in improved safety measures for over-the-counter medication, such as tamper-resistant seals and better capsules.
2. Jarts (Lawn Darts)
Metal-tipped lawn darts, called Jarts, were a popular outdoor game in the 1980s. After one father, who also happened to be an aerospace engineer, lost his young daughter to a penetrating brain injury caused by a falling lawn dart, he began investigating why such dangerous products were allowed on the market.
The grieving father discovered that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had compromised with the lawn dart manufacturer: The company could sell Jarts as long as it included a warning label saying they were for adult-use only.
He also learned that the CPSC was combining Jart injuries with all dart-related injuries in its analysis of the product’s safety risk.
When the CPSC finally separated Jart injuries from other dart injuries, it discovered that lawn darts had caused more than 6,000 injuries over an eight-year period, with an overwhelming 81 percent of those injuries involving children. Based on this new information, the CPSC banned sales of lawn darts in the U.S. in 1988.
3. Takata Airbags
The Takata airbag recall is the largest recall of any kind in U.S. history. It also continues to unfold. Already, 70 million vehicles have been recalled, and Takata recently agreed to recall another 35 to 40 million cars and trucks.
The recall was issued after motorists were injured and killed when their airbags exploded on impact, sending shards of metal and other debris through their vehicle’s interior. So far, eleven deaths have been caused by the defective airbags.
4. Ford Pintos
Another vehicle-related recall tops the list of the most dangerous products in American history. In 1978, Ford recalled all Pintos manufactured between 1971 and 1976 due to a rear-mounted fuel tank that tore away from the car’s frame and spilled fuel beneath the vehicle, even in low-speed rear impacts.
Ford was aware of the problem even before the Pinto hit the assembly line, but the company declined to incorporate safety measures into the Pinto because it would have increased production costs by $11 per vehicle.
5. Firestone Tires
In the early 2000s, some doubted whether Firestone would ever recover from the scandal surrounding the recall of more than 6.5 million tires. As many as 175 people died and another 700 were injured when their tire treads peeled away as they drove – a defect known as delamination.
Have You Been Injured by a Defective Dangerous Products?
Unfortunately, unsafe products appear on store shelves more often than many people realize. In most cases, several people must get hurt before manufacturers and government regulators take notice.
If you have been injured by a dangerous product, or you have lost a loved one due to a defective dangerous products, it’s important to take action right away. Not only are you likely entitled to compensation for your injuries, your experience could stop other people from being injured.
Call a Jacksonville personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights.
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