Every year, millions of consumer products are manufactured with little or no regard to the safety of those who will purchase and use the products. From children’s toys to kitchen appliances, products manufactured for consumer purchase and use are required to divulge any information about the product’s potential danger or harmful qualities. Oftentimes, in the rush to sell a product, a company or manufacturer will rush the testing phase or not pay sufficient attention to the potential dangers of the product, product deficiency, or manufacturing defects. When a manufacturer or seller of a product purposely misleads the public about these potential dangers, they are practicing neglectful behaviors and may be legally pursued in New York or any other state under Tort Law.
The chief responsibility of product manufacturers should always be consumer safety. While many manufacturers do indeed put safety first and foremost, there are plenty who neglect to inform the public about particular design defects, toxicity, or deficiencies in the parts of a product (e.g., car tires). According to the New York Department of Health, more than 7,250 New Yorkers die from personal injuries every year. When lack of concern for the safety of consumers is practiced by manufacturers of products, then they are responsible for any injuries that occur during the use of their product and they may be held financially liable for their neglect.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent agency working with the US government to inform the public about harmful products, recalls, regulations, and laws about products. It regulates the sale and manufacture of more than 15,000 consumer products ranging from infant cribs to motor vehicles. Albany is home to approximately 97,000 residents who are all put in harm’s way when manufacturers fail to follow safety protocols and established safety measures when making, selling, or marketing their products.
Many different kinds of consumer products are recalled every year due to harmful discoveries that the manufacturers were either unaware of or neglected to take seriously and therefore deceived the buying pubic. One of the more popular consumer product with a high recall rate is that of baby cribs.
The most dangerous consumer products sold in Albany stores include:
- All-Terrain Vehicles
- Baby Cribs
- Goods with Electric Components
- Riding Lawnmowers
Getting Legal Help
Every year countless New Yorkers are injured and by a consumer product purchased at a local shop, lot, or retail store. Through a combination of neglect, greed, and a general lack of concern for consumers, manufacturers time and again release potentially harmful goods and products on the market.