A product defect recall has been issued for more than 155,000 True Living sling loungers sold at Dollar General stores nationwide because of a potential pinching or amputation hazard. According to a news report, the recall was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to protect consumers from a hazard causing potentially serious injuries. It claims that the chairs can unexpectedly collapse, causing concerns that fingers will be seriously injured if caught in the metal folding joints when it closes.
Reports of Injuries
So far, the company has received three reports of the chairs collapsing and causing amputations or lacerations to the fingers. Customers are urged to immediately stop using the chairs and cut the fabric off the chair, so no one will be able to use them. The recalled loungers have white frames with solid green or blue fabric and were sold for about $20 from January 2019 through September 2019. Customers are encouraged to contact Dollar General to get a refund for the chair. The Shanghai Worth Garden Products Co. manufactured the items in Shanghai, China.
What is the Responsibility of Manufacturers?
Companies that manufacture, distribute or sell products have a responsibility to design, make and sell safe products for consumers to use. When defective products are sold and cause injuries, product manufacturers are responsible for reporting them to the CPSC, the federal agency that oversees product safety.
Whether you are a manufacturer, importer, distributor, or retailer of any consumer products, you have a legal obligation to immediately report the following types of information to the CPSC, including whether the product poses a substantial or unreasonable risk of injury or death to consumers. Products that fail to comply with consumer product safety codes or any rule or regulation enforced by the CPSC should also be recalled. A recall should be promptly issued when the use of products results in injuries or fatalities.
If You Have Been Injured
If a defective product has injured you or a loved one, you do not have to wait for the manufacturer to issue a safety recall to file a product liability lawsuit. As a plaintiff, you must prove that the product was faulty, that the defects caused your injuries or damages, and that you suffered monetary damages due to your injuries.
Product manufacturers can be held liable for manufacturing and design defects and for failing to warn consumers about dangerous products. Injured victims of defective products can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
An experienced product defect lawyer can help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.