According to press releases from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), four companies have announced recalls totaling approximately 267,000 units sold at many retailers nationwide.
Excite USA has recalled around 24,000 toy military copters. According to the CPSC, “The plastic blades of the helicopters can detach during operation, posing a laceration hazard.” Three incidents have been reported in relation to the recall and two of the three resulted in consumer injury. The item was sold exclusively at Rite-Aid stores from January 2011 through May 2011.
EKSuccess Brands has recalled around 75,000 units of American Girl Crafty pearly beads and ribbon bracelet kits. Representatives from the CPSC said, “The surface coating on some of the beads contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.” These kits were sold at Michaels and other retailers nationwide from September 2009 through June 2011.
Hewlett-Packard Company recalled 162,600 lithium-ion batteries used in their HP and Compaq notebook computers due to a problem with overheating and rupture. The CPSC said that these items have resulted in “seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury and 36 instances of property damage.” These units sold nationwide at Walmart and other retailers from July 2007 through July 2008.
The last report filed by the CPSC and FDA was concerning the Bratz makeup design sketch-books that allegedly contained staphylococcus. We addressed this recall in a previous blog.
, I’ve seen many products recalled and I know that companies do their best to screen for defects before taking the product to market. Mass manufacturing on the scale that these companies operate makes finding defects difficult and, even with the most stringent review processes, mistakes can be made. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, call a personal injury lawyer in your area today to learn more about your legal options.