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Products liability claim could result from product recall concern

Consumers expect the products they purchase to perform as advertised and to be safe to use. If either of these fails to happen, the Georgia consumer will likely be disappointed or worse. In the case of items not being safe to use, there could be a products liability issue to be considered.

All too often, one reads reports of products being recalled for various reasons. For example, a children's xylophone has recently been recalled because the ball on the end of the stick could easily come off. This product is designed and advertised for small children; in this situation, the product can present a choking hazard for small children. In another case, water bottles designed for children have recently been recalled. Apparently, these water bottles contain lead paint; again, this can pose a risk to the intended consumer.

Another product recall addresses a specific brand of decorative pillows. Many of these pillow designs are intended to appeal to the younger market. In this case, the pillows present a fire hazard. While these particular recalls are directed at products designed for children, teenagers and adults also come into contact with products that have been found to be dangerous in some instances.

The typical Georgia consumer purchases a product based upon what he or she believes the product will do. It may be purchased to entertain children or to appeal to one's aesthetic sense, yet when the product does not perform as anticipated and becomes a danger, there may be legal concerns that need to be addressed. If one suffers as a result of such an issue, he or she may have a valid products liability claim.

Source: journal-news.com, "The lastest recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.", April 20, 2018

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