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Defective Furniture: Tip-Over Accidents

There could be a hidden danger lurking within your home. According to a study from Consumer Reports (CR), furniture tip-overs are more common than you might think. Every 17 minutes, “someone in the U.S. is injured . . . by a furniture, television, or appliance tip-over,” states a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Unfortunately, an overwhelming number of victims are young children under the age of six.

Between 2015 and 2016, CPSC researchers found that the number of young children injured in furniture tip-over accidents increased from 2,100 to 2,800. Alarmingly, “at least 11 percent of [these] injures” could be attributed to “dressers and other clothing storage units” tipping over. This particular category of furniture units has caused approximately 195 child deaths in under 20 years — and numerous more injuries.

Typically, these tip-over accidents are caused by a young child climbing up the front of a dresser or playing in a dresser drawer. The dresser cannot support the added weight of the child, and as a result, the dresser tips over — often injuring or even killing the child in the process. Currently, furniture safety standards state that “any dresser taller than 30 inches should stay upright with 50 pounds of weight hanging from an open drawer.” There are even product tests designed to assess the tip-over risk for different furniture pieces. However, these tests are not mandatory for manufacturers. In other words, a manufacturer can sell their product to consumers in the U.S. even if it does not meet furniture safety standards.

In a year-long study conducted by Consumer Report teams, researchers concluded that there are many different ways to construct a safe, stable dresser. CR scientists suggest that more stringent safety standards should be upheld within the market. According to the data, the most stable dressers were “deeper,” “heavier,” and “back-weighted,” with “less drawer extension.” These qualities are all crucial for consumers to keep in mind when shopping for a new dresser or other pieces of furniture — especially if that piece of furniture is going to be around young children.

Contact a New York Product Liability Lawyer

Furniture manufacturers have a responsibility to design products with safety and stability in mind. If your child or loved one has been injured or killed in a furniture tip-over accident, you have the right to pursue legal action to hold the company accountable for defective design, manufacture, or failure to warn. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our skilled team of product liability lawyers will fight for you and obtain justice for you and your family’s behalf. Call us at (212) 779-0057 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.


Seat Belt Failure: How Does It Happen?

Wearing your seatbelt is one of the smartest actions a driver can take to protect themselves. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017.” However, just like any other manufactured piece of equipment, seat belts can be defective.

Alarmingly, it is not uncommon for seat belts to fail. According to the NHTSA, approximately 3 million injuries and 40 thousand fatalities are reported each year from seat belts that fail to perform as expected during motor vehicle collisions. During rollover accidents, failed seatbelts are one of the leading causes of serious injury or death. Perhaps one of the most disturbing factors about these types of accidents is the fact that they are completely unnecessary and wholly preventable.

How can a seatbelt fail? Here are some of the most common factors:

  • Retractor failure – A seat belt retractor is where the belt feeds from and is responsible for locking up during sudden stops. If the retractor malfunctions for some reason, the passenger will not receive the protection needed to prevent serious injury during a car accident.
  • Latch failure – A seat belt latch is the contact point between the buckle and the actual belt itself. When the latch malfunctions of comes undone with applied force, this could mean serious injury for a passenger during a car accident
  • Spooling – Spooling takes place when an excessive amount of the seat belt feeds out, which means that there is too much belt to adequately restrain the passenger during a collision. The lack of adequate restraint could result in serious — or even fatal — injuries during a vehicle collision.

 Often times, victims of a serious car wreck are not even aware that a seat belt malfunction has occurred. This is why it is important to contact an expert who can correctly identify the signs of seat belt failure after a serious car wreck.

Contact a New York Product Liability Lawyer

Vehicle manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their seat belts will work properly in the event of a collision. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury because of a seatbelt malfunction during a car wreck, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a New York car accident attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057 today. 

 

 


Defective Car Seat Injuries

When parents secure their child into a car seat, they’re doing everything they can to keep their child safe. According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), car seats are essential in keeping young children safe in the event of a car accident. “Car seats are awesome at protecting children in a crash,” said Benjamin Hoffman, MD, Chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. “They are the reason deaths and injuries to children in motor vehicle crashes have decreased.”

However, many parents don’t realize that the car seat they’re securing their child into can be defective — at least, not until it’s too late. According to a report from the Birth Injury Guide (BIG), “an estimated 500 injuries have been reported among infants in car seats under recall status.” A total of approximately 10 million car seats were recalled for being defective over three years between 1998 and 2001.

Because car seats carry the important function of ensuring the safety of vulnerable infants, injuries, and deaths caused by defective features can be so much more egregious. This is why it’s so important to understand the risks and dangers behind faulty products. Some of the most common potential car seat dangers include:

  • Defective latches or buckles
  • Defective strap adjusters
  • Combustible materials
  • Poor construction
  • Weak protective outer-shells

To ensure that you are not using a defective product, it is important to register your car seat either online or by mail. To register, you will need:

  • The car seat label
  • The name of the manufacturer
  • The model number
  • The date that the product was manufactured

If you purchased your car seat new, it should come with a pre-filled registration card that you can send in the mail. You can also register your car seat online at www.safercar.gov/parents. To find out if your car seat is under recall, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to check. 

 Contact a New York Product Liability Attorney

Parents expect the car seats they purchase to be safe and effective. However, when these products do not operate as intended, a devastating tragedy result. If your child has been the victim of severe injury or death due to a defective car seat, you are undoubtedly going through a challenging time. You do not have to go through this alone. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we understand that no amount of financial compensation can make up for a traumatic loss. However, our compassionate and experienced team of attorneys will do everything possible to obtain justice on your child’s behalf.


Infant Sleeper Products Linked to Dozens of Deaths

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Although infant sleepers are popular products that are regularly purchased by new parents, a Consumer Reports (CR) investigation has revealed that these products are associated with dozens of infant deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently revealed that certain types of sleepers were linked to at least 73 infant deaths, including non-rocking inclined products, in-bed sleepers, and hammock products that have now been recalled.

While new parents may be drawn to the idea of in-bed infant sleepers, many pediatricians advise against their use. Roy Benaroch, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, stated that “padding is a suffocation risk” in a recent report with CR.

According to medical professionals, this is especially true for inclined infant sleepers, and sleepers that are intended for use within an adult bed. This is because the mobile nature of sleeper products can cause an infant to shift onto their stomachs during the night. “An infant’s mouth can get pressed up against the soft surface . . . You don’t want the baby rebreathing their own carbon dioxide, because the baby could asphyxiate,” added Benaroch.

Recently, the CPSC commissioned a study on the safety of infant sleepers in response to the rising number of deaths. Researchers found that “none of the inclined sleep products that were tested and evaluated as part of this study are safe for infant sleep.” As a result, the CPSC proposed regulations that would effectively ban all inclined infant sleeper products. However, these regulations have yet to be carried out.

Pediatricians recommend only using products that have been regulated by safety standards from the federal government. These products include cribs, bassinets, play yards, and bedside sleepers. Pediatricians also urge parents to use a firm, flat mattress, place their infants on their backs, and to refrain from putting any blankets or pillows in the sleeping area.

Contact a New York Defective Product Lawyer Now

If your child died due to a defective or dangerous infant sleeper, you are undoubtedly devastated, in grief, and in search of answers. Why did this happen? Who was responsible for preventing this unnecessary and tragic death? The New York defective products lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP know that nothing can undo the pain and suffering your family has endured, nor can any action bring your child back. We do know that the manufacturer must be held responsible for their negligence, and we’ll be ready to fight for the answers, compensation, and justice that your family is owed.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our understanding product defect lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your rights and legal options. We’re here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online.


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