The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just announced that 19 products that were sold to hundreds of consumers at various T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores were recalled for safety issues. According to news reports, the CPSC issued the warning to consumers after it was discovered that the stores, owned by TJX Companies, sold the 19 different products that had been previously recalled between 2014-2019.
Dangerous and Defective Products
This included Fisher-Price sleeper accessories that had been linked to more than 75 child deaths as well as kitchen utensils and kids’ rattles. Hazards from the various recalled products sold include infant deaths, fires, burns, choking incidents, falls, lacerations, skin irritations, explosions and other hazards and injuries depending on the product.
TJX issued an apology to its customers and said it is taking the “appropriate steps to strengthen these processes moving forward.” CPSC has warned consumers to stop using the recalled products right away and contact the recalling firms to receive the remedy listed in the recall, whether it’s a refund, replacement or repair.
Holiday Shopping and Recalled Products
While most of us might be looking for a good bargain during the holiday season, it is important to protect yourself and your loved ones against products that might pose a danger.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate the holiday shopping season:
- Consider buying from a brick-and-mortar store or online directly from a manufacturer.
- Check labels. Legitimate items will have safety and other labels attached to indicate they have passed testing standard requirements and are in compliance with applicable industry standards.
- Be careful to examine the quality of a product. Flimsy packaging, missing stickers or trademarks and component parts that appear cheap or broken are all red flags that a product might be counterfeit or dangerous.
- Verify products that haven’t been recalled and check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. Not all defective products are recalled. So check user reviews to see if anyone has reported product malfunctions or issues.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have sustained. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to help you secure maximum compensation and hold the at-fault parties accountable.