Earlier this month, a national news source compiled a list of several recent product recalls that major manufacturers across the country have announced. According to that article, the following items have all been recalled:
- Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter: Skippy told consumers that there is the possibility that there could be small pieces of metal in the product.
- Sure Signal Fire Alarms: There is a potential fuse problem in certain models, resulting in a failure to alert owners of a fire.
- Sanofi Epinephrine Injections: There have been 26 reports that the company has administered the wrong dose to patients.
- Burley Child Bicycle Trailers: Several models of the trailers have defective hardware that can cause the trailer to separate from the bicycle.
- Dodge Journey Vehicles: There is a problem that can cause moisture build-up in the brake system, potentially leading to an increased risk of brake failure.
- Jeep Cherokees: There is a reported problem in the AC line that can cause a vehicle to catch on fire.
- Honda Accords: Roughly 304,000 Accords were recalled because the airbags may spontaneously deploy. So far, 19 injuries have been reported.
- Pottery Barn Water Bottles: There are reports that the paint used in the water bottles contains lead.
Anyone who believes that they may be in possession of a defective product should consult with the manufacturer to determine if that is the case. If so, most manufacturers will return any money paid for the product or will repair it free of charge.
However, not always are defective products discovered before it is too late. In such cases, serious injury or death may result from the normal use of the product. When this occurs, the injured party may consider bringing a products liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer.
Products Liability Claims in Maryland
Under Maryland law, there are three types of products liability claims, each potentially resulting in compensation for a plaintiff’s injuries. Defective manufacturing claims allege that there is some problem with the way in which the product was manufactured. They do not make the assertion that there is anything wrong with most of the products, but just that the one the plaintiff owned was somehow not made correctly. Defective design claims assert that the company created an unreasonable risk in the product’s design. Failure to warn claims assert that the manufacturer failed to warn the consumer about a danger that they should have been warned about.
Each of the above claims has different elements that must be proven before a plaintiff can recover damages. To learn more, consult a Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured by a Dangerous Product?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured by a dangerous product, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on one of the above legal theories. The skilled personal injury attorneys at the Maryland-based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience bringing cases on behalf of injured Marylanders and would be happy to talk with you about your case, free of charge. To learn more about how you may be able to recover for the injuries you sustained, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation.
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