A new report issued by Kids in Danger, a nonprofit agency that looks out for dangerous kids toys, found that many toy companies do not take appropriate steps to ensure that the users of their products are aware of recalls. This can potentially put many children at risk. Keep reading to learn more. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if your child has suffered an injury due to a faulty product.
The Information About Recalls is Not Posted Online
What they have found is that many of the companies that end up recalling children’s products do not post that information online – and they generally do not post it on their social media accounts despite the fact that many customers likely follow them there.
According to the watchdog group, 65% of the 122 companies that had safety recalls for children’s toys between 2017 and 2019 made the announcement on their website – but that means that 35% did not mention on their website at all. Worse, fewer than 50% of the companies mentioned the recalls in any of their social media accounts.
The Issue of Recalls is an Issue of Life and Death
While some people assume that most recalls are just nuisances, the truth is that they can be very serious. Consider an instance of a dresser made by South Shore Furniture and sold by Fisher-Price and Kids II Inc. They were all informed that their product was dangerous, yet they only notified customers via their websites and did not post the information on social media.
As a result, at least 36 children were killed due to these products. Safety advocates say that these companies should not be relying on social media to promote their products but not to let parents known about serious issues with their products.
Why Aren’t Companies Releasing Information About Their Recalled Products?
The answer is quite simple: They do not want it to negatively affect their sales. They are concerned that a recall may negatively affect not just the sale of that particular product but their brand as a whole. Some companies that did post the recall information hid it in difficult to find places on their websites. Others sent out emails with recall information but only included it in the fine print at the bottom of a sales release.
Is There Legal Action to Be Taken?
Maybe. It is not enough for a product to have been manufactured unsafely – the manufacturer must have known it was unsafe and not taken appropriate steps to ensure its safety. This may very well be the case with companies that knew their products were dangerous yet did not advertise their recall. Certainly, any parent of a child injured in this type of recall situation should consult with a personal injury attorney.