Category Archives: Defective Products / Product Liability

When a consumer item is a defective product, innocent people can be injured and the company responsible should face a product liability lawsuit.

Are Carnival Rides Safe? What You Need to Know Before You Ride

It’s peak season for carnivals and theme parks. But before you hop on the Gravitron or take a ride on the Zipper, ask yourself: are carnival rides safe? Are you opening yourself up to unnecessary risk? By now, you’ve probably heard about the accident at the Ohio State Fair, where a spinning, swinging ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned in late June. As the ride was on its upswing, one of the gondolas disconnected from the rest of the ride and smashed into the ground. One man was killed and several were injured. Investigators blame corrosion on the interior of the support beams for the accident. An accident? Or does this speak to a greater safety problem with these rides? Regulating Carnival Rides Carnival rides, like the Fire Ball, are subject to federal oversight from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, this oversight only covers the manufacturing of the…
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“Fold-a-Goal”: How the Popular Soccer Equipment Can Harm or Kill

Fold-a-Goals are a popular piece of soccer equipment throughout the United States. They are useful because they are highly portable and easy to use, but these goals can be dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has said as much. Here is everything you need to know about Fold-a-Goals and why you should exercise caution near them. They can kill. Five deaths have been associated with Fold-a-Goals since 2000. Most recently, a two-year-old Nashville girl was killed when winds knocked over a goal. These goals weigh hundreds of pounds, which is easily heavy enough to kill an adult. Young children stand no chance when these goals collapse. The goals are top and front heavy. Without counterweights or some other thing to hold them down, they tip easily, posing a risk to anyone standing in front (like, for example, a goalie). Parks and soccer leagues are aware of the risks. The…
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Every Hour, Falling Furniture Puts Children in the ER

Did you know that every hour in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room because of toppling furniture? According to a Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Coordinator, this sobering statistic has been increasing for years. Since 2007, there has been a 31 percent increase in tip-over injuries involving televisions. Seven out of 10 children injured by TV tip-overs are under the age of five. The amount of force that televisions create when falling is very high. If a 36-inch CRT television falls three feet, the amount of force in that television is equal to a 10-story fall for a one year old child, enough to cause catastrophic injury. And though televisions are getting thinner and lighter, many modern televisions still weigh from 25 to 100 pounds. It isn’t just televisions, though – shelves, dressers, even heavy picture frames could be a danger to your children. Protecting Children…
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