A particular brand of baby’s crib caused the lives of six children, all below 2 years old, between 1993 and 1998. The crib’s defective design made it to collapse on its own and, as it collapsed, it trapped the necks of the babies strangling them until they died.

The last death, which was in 1998, involved a 16-month-old baby named Daniel “Danny” Keysar. It was discovered that way back in 1993 a recall on the crib was issued. News of this recall obviously did not reach the parents of the babies, three of whom died in 1995 and two in 1998, or none of them would have died.

Regulation of the manufacture and sale, as well as ensuring the safety of consumer products, including children’s toys and nursery items, is the duty of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a government agency that was created in 1972. The CPSC’s specific tasks include:

  • Determining the allowed size of children’s toys;
  • Setting limits for toxicity of, and noise produced by, toys;
  • Making sure that toys’ batteries and magnets are inaccessible to children;
  • Ensuring the removal of sharp parts and edges which can wound children;
  • Requiring manufacturers to display product labels that will warn parents about a toy’s possible dangers;
  • Issuing recalls on harmful products; banning of products that can cause danger; and,
  • Formulation of product safety requirements.

Every year, about 69,000 children in the U.S. are rushed to emergency departments due to defective nursery and children’s products. In 2014, due to defects, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued recalls on 17 million children’s products, which included infant carriers, full-size and non-full-size cribs, portable cribs, high and hook-on chairs, infant slings, strollers, walkers, infant bathtubs, play yards, stationary activity centers, swings, and toddler beds, among others. During this same year, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a non-profit organization, released a report which identified potentially hazardous toys and gave parents tips on how to purchase only safe toys for their children; the report was titled “Trouble in Toyland.” The World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), another non-profit organization, also shares valuable information on dangerous children’s products in order to protect children from harmful toys.

A law firm called Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. says that product designers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and advertisers all play a role in delivering a product into the hands of a consumer, and all of these parties bear a responsibility in ensuring that the product is safe for use. Unfortunately, even a small oversight at any point can make a product dangerous to users, resulting in serious injuries, illnesses, or even death in some cases. Defective and malfunctioning products are responsible for thousands of injuries and fatalities in the United States every year. All those involved in the chain of distribution may be considered liable for any harm that will be suffered by innocent consumers.


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