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Milwaukee Product Liability Lawyer

We buy and use consumer-based products of all types, and when we do so, we have a right to expect that they’ll work in a way that won’t cause injuries or sudden death. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens all too often, and when it does, you should fight for your rights. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is a law firm with a team of Milwaukee defective products lawyers with offices throughout Wisconsin who have been successfully fighting for the rights of those injured for many years.

Below is a list of examples of the types of cases our Milwaukee defective products lawyers have handled for our clients, but even if your injuries are a result of a product or situation that isn’t listed here, you should still contact a Milwaukee defective products lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at any of our 13 offices throughout Wisconsin.

Types of Defective Products Cases

Below is a list of cases and claims our Milwaukee defective products lawyers have handled all over Wisconsin:

Frequently Asked Questions

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is your advocate in all product liability cases and we will listen to your concerns. Listed below are common questions and answers regarding defective consumer products. If you question is not listed here or if you would like to speak to a member of our Milwaukee product liability team, please contact us at (414) 271-0900. We work for you, and we get results!

How can I protect myself from defective products, like household appliances, either before or after purchasing them?

When purchasing new products, it is always best to register a new appliance so that you can be notified promptly if a product is recalled. You can also check for recalls at https://www.recalls.gov, which is a central location for several government agencies that recognize recalls. If you move into a home with existing appliances, it is best to record their make and model and check websites for recalls. It is also best to review consumers’ experiences with their products at https://www/saferproducts.gov. To be safe in your home, it is best to install fire-prevention equipment like smoke alarms or have several fire extinguishers in your home. You can also inspect power cords or check your home’s wiring.

How do I know if my child’s clothing or toys are safe and are not recalled?

There is one main website under which six federal agencies operate to ensure the absolute best service to alert people to recalls. You can find this information on https://www.recalls.gov. This is a ‘one stop shop’ for U.S. Government recalls. On this website, you can obtain latest recall information, report a dangerous product, or learn important safety tips. It is also important to note that product recalls don’t expire, so remember to check recalls periodically. If you receive children’s clothing from a friend or family member or buy children’s clothing or toys at a resale shop or yard sale, it is especially important to check for recalls. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regularly lists their current recalls at https://www.cpsc.gov.

What can I do to better ensure that the food that I serve my family is safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health through regulation of food and food producers. This can include many food products, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plays a lead role in regulating aspects of some meat, poultry, and egg products. The FDA also protects the food supply through regulatory inspection of food additives, bottled water, and infant formulas. The FDA doesn’t approve infant formulas or food labels before they can be marketed, but regulates them and requires truth-in-labeling. The FDA has a recalls and safety alerts page on their website, but may not include all recalls. Also, foodsafety.gov has a recall page where notices of recalls and alerts from both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are listed. If you locate a product there that you have purchased but not consumed, it is best to return the product to the place of purchase for a refund or dispose of the product following the instructions provided in the recall notice.

How many children’s products recalls are out there?

Children’s products are recalled more than twice a week. That means that there are, on average, over 100 children’s products recalled per year. Therefore, the chances that you have a recalled product are high, which is why it is so important to check with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

What are some common car seat defects and why are they risky for the child?

  • Faulty Latches/Buckles: If a car seat latches or buckles have too much give, or are too difficult to unfasten, the child is in danger of serious injuries, ejection, or having difficulty being rescued.
  • Faulty Adjusters: Adjusters are cruicial in keeping car seat straps at the right tightness and position. If they are faulty, straps can become dangerous.
  • Flammable Materials: Low-quality car seat materials can be flammable, placing the child at risk for burn injuries.
  • Weak Frames: If the frame of a car seat is weak, poorly constructed, or broken, the seat will not function properly and can put a child in danger.

You can find other problematic issues with child safety seats by visiting our main FAQs page here. Most children’s products recalls are covered by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and you can find the recall notice either by searching for it at https://www.cpsc.gov or by calling them. You can also review other consumers’ reports at https://www.saferproducts.gov.

The experienced Milwaukee product liability attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are knowledgeable and experienced and can assist you with your case. Don’t delay and complete our online form, chat live or contact us at (414) 271-0900 and will provide you the personal attention and compensation that you deserve.

Children’s Product Recalls in the U.S. – Statistics

Thousands of deaths and injuries can be traced back to defective and dangerous products every year. When you hear the term “product liability”, we’re referring to the creator or seller of that product taking responsibility for injuries their products have caused. Many different government entities cover recalls, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When it comes to children’s products, however, most recalls are handled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC).

Kids in Danger, an advocacy group, reported in February of 2015 that:

  • Recalls of children’s products declined 34 percent to 75 percent in 2014, the lowest number in the 14 years of data collected.
  • Over the span of 2014, there were 75 recalled items and 338 reported instances of injury, or about 5 reports before an item was recalled
  • This average of 5 items is a marked improvement from 2013, which was 14 reports before an item was recalled, on average
  • The number of both injuries and deaths went down, with injuries down 85% and deaths went from 11 to three.
  • Almost 17 million children product units were recalled over 2014

Also, according to CPSC.org, there are safer toys in stores that have less lead content. Lead is a health threat to children when they are exposed to it through toys or other children’s products. Children can be exposed to lead-based products by playing with toy collectibles that may have lead content in them when they were manufactured many years ago. In addition, any toys that have been imported into the U.S. come with a risk to children as well, as the consumer just doesn’t know that the toy has lead content. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has the responsibility of issuing toy recalls when it is suspected that children may be at risk for lead exposure. Although progress has been made in the United States, it is wise for the consumer to be as informed as possible.

Toy Recalls Statistics From 2008 – 2016

Year Total Number of Toy Recalls Number of Toys with Lead
2008 172 19
2009 50 14
2010 46 3
2011 34 4
2012 38 4
2013 31 0
2014 33 3
2015 25 3
2016 24 1

In the 1970’s, lead was banned in cookware, house paint, and in children’s products. Children can get exposed to lead-based products through their normal daily activities. If a defective product has injured you or a loved one, it is recommended to contact your consumer agency and seek legal representation. Don’t delay and contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 as soon as possible after a defective product injury.

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If the product that injured you or a loved one does not appear above, you still have rights that need to be enforced. Contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at any of our Wisconsin offices today to schedule a free initial consultation with our Milwaukee product liability lawyers.

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