According to the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Suntech Enterprises, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of baby walkers on June 22, 2010. The walkers are apparently small enough to fit through doorways and don’t have enough protection to prevent children from falling down stairs.
There are many products that are made specifically for children, and companies who make these items need to make absolutely sure they limit the possibility of children’s injuries. Children are much more vulnerable to personal injuries because of their smaller bodies and their inability to handle high levels of trauma.
Baby walkers recalled after design defects found to potentially cause children’s injuries.
According to details from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), baby walkers made by Suntech Enterprises, Inc. in Commerce, California were recalled after design defects presenting a potential fall hazard were discovered.
Allegedly, baby walkers made by Suntech were small enough to fit through a standard doorway. That can present a hazard, and combining that with the walkers not having enough stair-fall protection can lead to fatal slip-and-fall accidents.
The recalled baby walkers have a plastic frame supported by eight brake pads and four wheels sold in pink, green and blue with a white activity tray and a patterned, vinyl seat. The walkers have item numbers WK110 or WK112 printed on the side of the package.
The products mentioned in the products liability recall were manufactured in China and sold at children’s stores in California, New York, Illinois and Texas from January 2007 to December 2009. CPSC representatives tell those that bought them to return the walkers to the store for a full refund.
Beginning on December 21, 2010, all baby walkers will be required by law to be either too wide to fit through standard doorways or come with features like a gripping mechanism to stop the walker at the edge of a step. This mandatory rule was issued by the CPSC in May of 2010.
When a company makes a product, they need to ensure the safety of consumers who use them. Our personal injury lawyers in San Diego believe that be they cars and trucks, food or children’s products, making absolutely sure their products don’t cause injuries or wrongful death should be their top priority.
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