Recalled Defective Child Products Resold by Retailers

Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys and child safety advocates caution consumers against buying certain products from classified ads, garage sales, and resale or consignment shops without verifying that the used items have not been subject to recall.  Many safety-conscious parents refused to buy used items such as cribs and car seats without ensuring that the items meet all current safety guidelines and that they have not been previously recalled.  In fact, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product, making it important for those who are selling their used baby products to be certain that they are complying with the law.  If a product is recalled, a consumer should comply with the recall instructions and not attempt to later sell the item at a garage sale or consignment sale. Most of these savvy consumers wouldn't think twice about purchasing an item from a discount retailer.  However, a recent Consumer Product Safety Commission safety release advises consumers of several recalled child and baby products and household products that were sold after the recall date due to improper disposal of these items. According to the CPSC release, several recalled items originally sold at Meijer, Inc., were not disposed of appropriately, resulting in the products being offered for resale by "discount retailers, dollar stores, liquidation firms, flea markets and thrift stores nationwide."  The CPSC states that the firms whose products were improperly sold after the recall date were not at fault in this error, and that they complied fully with the terms of the recall.   The CPSC cautions any consumer who owns these recalled and resold products to immediately discontinue their use and to contact the recalling firm to participate in the recall program:

  • Innovage Discovery Kids(tm) Animated Marine and Safari Lamps - fire and burn hazard
  • Infantino "SlingRider" Baby Slings - suffocation hazard
  • Hoover(r) WindTunnel T-Series(tm) Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaners with Cord Rewind Feature - fire and shock hazard
  • Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders(tm) Kick & Crawl(tm) Aquarium (H8094) - choking hazard
  • Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway - choking hazard
  • Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trikes (Model: M5727) - protrusion can cause serious injury including genital bleeding
  • Munchkin Bathtub Subs - laceration hazard
  • Sassy Refreshing Rings Infant Teethers/Rattles - ingestion hazard
Oklahoma City defective products lawyers know that buying used products is always a case of buyer beware when it comes to product safety.  However, the latest CPSC warning advises consumers that it is important to always evaluate a product's safety before buying--even when the product is available in new condition at discount retailers.  The hazards associated with recalled products can be serious--even fatal.  For example, the Infantino SlingRider that was resold after the recall date has been blamed for several infant deaths, launching a campaign for awareness of safe baby wearing. The resale of these recalled items demonstrates negligence on the part of those responsible for the disposal of the recalled items, and it shows negligence on the part of discount retailers who violated the law by selling these dangerous and defective products.  If you or a loved one has been harmed by using a recalled product, contact us to consult with a products liability lawyer in Oklahoma City.