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Major product recalls for 2020

| Jan 5, 2021 | Personal Injury

Consumers may unknowingly bring future accidents into their homes when they purchase defective products. Manufacturers and sellers have the duty to make and sell safe products or face the risk of a personal injury lawsuit. However, there were several defective product recalls last year.

Hand sanitizers

Hand sanitizers were among the most sought-after products in 2020 to help combat the pandemic. But the Food and Drug Administration placed over 200 products on its do not use hand sanitizer list. The FDA recommends using alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent ethanol or ethyl alcohol.

Video doorbells

Ring, an Amazon subsidiary, recalled hundreds of thousands of video doorbells after reports that these devices caught on fire. The doorbells, costing $100, were sold on Ring’s website and Amazon between June and Oct. 2020

The potential fire hazards involved approximately 350,000 second generation Ring doorbells sold in America and around 8,700 devices sold in Canada, according to a Dec. notice issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Infant sleepers and carriers

The CPSC issued four recalls of separate inclined sleepers which posed a suffocation risk. It warned consumers to quit using them immediately.

Recalls involved the Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed inclined sleeper, the Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat, the Delta Incline Sleeper with adjustable feeding position for newborns and the Evenflo Pillo portable napper.

Warnings were also issued for the Infantino infant and toddlers’ carrier because its buckles could break and constitute a fall hazard. These were sold at national stores including Target.

Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled almost 43,00 pounds of ground beef that may have been contaminated with E. coli. This was a class I recall which meant that consumption of the beef could cause serious and adverse health consequences or death.

The beef products were produced on June 1 and shipped to retailers across the nation. Lakeside Refrigerated Services in New Jersey sold the products which were also sold under the Market Butcher and Thomas Farms names.

Dole and Wild Harvest organic romaine hearts were also recalled because of a potential risk of E. coli after romaine lettuce tested positive in Michigan. These products were distributed in more than a dozen states.

Onions from Thompson International Inc. or food made from these products were recalled last year. A salmonella outbreak involving these onions was reported in over 46 states.

Onion types involved red, white yellow and sweet yellow varieties. Other companies also issued recalls of chicken salad and other foods made with recalled onions.

Injuries from defective products may be seriously and even deadly. An attorney can help victims pursue compensation against manufacturers and sellers.

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