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Toddler Cups and Bottles Recalled Due to Potential Lead Poisoning Risks

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DuPage County Product Liability LawyerThere are a variety of different types of defective products that can cause people to suffer injuries. To address these concerns, companies may perform recalls of products that are found to be defective or dangerous. However, even when dangerous products are removed from the market, consumers may still be placed at risk of harm, and they may have options for pursuing compensation from a company that caused them to suffer injuries. 

Defects in children's products can be especially concerning. Parents take great care to make sure their children are safe at all times, and they rely on product manufacturers to ensure that items such as cribs, car seats, rockers, high chairs, and toys are designed and manufactured in a way that will prevent injuries from occurring. Unfortunately, the proper safety standards are not always followed, and children may be placed at risk due to products that are not reasonably safe. This was recently illustrated by a major recall of cups and bottles that contained lead, a substance that can be incredibly toxic for children.

Recall of Green Sprouts Cups and Bottles

On November 23, 2022, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Green Sprouts, a manufacturer of children's products, had initiated a voluntary recall of more than 10,000 cups and bottles meant to be used by toddlers and small children. These stainless steel products were meant to be safe to use and durable. However, it was found that the bases of cups and bottles could fall off due to damage, such as when they were dropped on the ground. This would expose solder that had been used to hold the cups and bottles together, and since the solder contained lead, this put children at risk of poisoning by this toxic substance. 

Lead poisoning is a serious health threat for children. It can cause a variety of problems, including damage to the brain and nervous system. Children who are exposed to lead may experience developmental delays, learning disabilities, impairments to hearing and speech, and behavioral problems. Even small amounts of lead can be very harmful to a child's health. Exposed lead on cups or bottles may be ingested by children when they put items in their mouths, or it could be absorbed through the skin. Because of these risks, it is crucial for product manufacturers to ensure that children's products are free of lead.

In situations where children have suffered harm due to exposure to toxic substances, parents may be able to take steps to pursue compensation from negligent product manufacturers. A product liability lawsuit may seek compensation for medical bills related to treatment a child has received and income lost by parents due to the need to provide care for a child who has suffered an illness or injuries. A family may also be compensated for the physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced by a child or other family members. In some cases, punitive damages may also be available. These damages are meant to punish the liable party for egregious actions such as flagrantly ignoring safety standards and allowing children to suffer harm.

Contact Our Elmhurst Product Liability Attorneys

If your child has been injured by a defective product, you may be wondering what you can do. An experienced attorney at Kaiser Hafezi Law can help you understand your legal options, and we will investigate the circumstances of your case, gather evidence, document the full extent of your child's injuries, and work to hold a product manufacturer accountable for your damages. Our DuPage County defective products lawyers have experience handling cases involving multiple types of dangerous products, and we can help your family recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 630-233-9946 to set up a free consultation and discuss your legal options.

 

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/27/business/toddler-bottles-recall-green-sprouts.html

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2023/Green-Sprouts-Recalls-Toddlers-Stainless-Steel-Bottles-and-Cups-Due-to-Lead-Poisoning-Hazard-Recall-Alert

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/leadpoisoning/index.html

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