An additive used to strengthen plastics used in household products has made California lawmakers more active in preventing its use. The chemical called bisphenol A (or BPA) causes personal injury to babies because the additive is used in plastic baby bottles.
Our firm’s San Diego personal injury lawyers believe companies should always make their products with methods that are completely safe. Babies are especially vulnerable to products liability that leads to wrongful death because of their underdeveloped bodies.
In lieu of the children’s injuries BPA plastic has caused, the California State Senate approved a proposal on June 2, 2009 banning its use.
Bisphenol A (or BPA) has been used since the 1950s as a preservative to give plastics more strength. The chemical is used in hundreds of household products like plastic bottles (baby bottles) and food containers. BPA is also used in the linings of canned goods like soup and baby formula.
About 200 independent studies have linked BPA to brain development and behavioral problems in young children, early puberty and the eventual start to some types of cancer. The personal injuries occur when chemicals can seep into a liquid, particularly when a bottle or cup is heated.
In March, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said six companies stopped manufacturing baby bottles containing BPA. Those six companies are Avent America Inc., Disney First Years, Gerber, Dr. Brown’s, Playtex Products Inc. and Evenflo Co.
As personal injury lawyers in San Diego, we are encouraged by lawmakers who take a stand against the use of harmful products. Despite lawmakers taking steps, consumers should continue to take measures into their own hands as well by continuing to check labels to make sure the products they buy are completely safe.
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