Millions of Steel Shelving Units Recalled Because They Can Collapse and Cause Injuries
Edsal Manufacturing has recalled 2.2 million heavy-duty steel-shelving units because the shelves could fail to support the weight indicated on the packaging and collapse, causing serious injuries. According to a news report, the Edsal 5-Tier Muscle Rack Unit’s shelves can fail to support the 800-pound weight load as stated on the packaging, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
Details of the Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said 2.2 million of these shelving units were sold at Amazon.com, Staples.com, Walmart.com and online retailers from January 2015 through September 2020 for between $80 and $90. The commission said Edsal has received seven reports of the shelves “bending or breaking due to heavy items placed on the shelves, including one injury to a consumer who suffered a broken toe after items fell when the shelving unit broke.
Customers can contact Edsal for a full refund by calling 833-232-5287 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT weekdays or by visiting their website. The recalled shelving units have gray and black steel frames with five plywood shelves.
These shelving units clearly pose the danger of either collapsing on people or causing objects to fall off them and strike consumers. There is the potential for significant injuries as a result of these accidents including head injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, lacerations, etc.
Product Liability Issues
Product manufacturers have a responsibility to make products that are safe for consumers. When there is a defect, be it a manufacturing defect or a design defect, companies are required to issue a timely recall. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor or retailer.
No matter whom you choose to file a claim against, you will have to prove that you were injured, that the product was defective in some way and that the defect caused your injury. Proving that the product was defective is often the most challenging part of the claim. One way to support your claim is to find similar cases and complaints. If the product has been recalled for the type of defect that caused your injury, that is substantial evidence to prove your claim. When the same product injures a significant number of people, a class action lawsuit may be filed to consolidate the claims.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.