After a large recall of IKEA furniture, many people have been thinking about product responsibility. After the goods were involved in the crushing deaths of six toddlers, the Swedish furniture manufacturer recalled approximately 36 million chests and dressers in the United States and Canada.
IKEA claims that their goods exceed all legislated stability criteria for Europe and other areas of the world, but not for North America. When items are not properly secured to walls, they might collapse over, endangering children. This type of furniture-related risk is more prevalent than you may think: one youngster is murdered every two weeks in the United States due to turned over furniture or TV sets falling on them.
How can I know if a company is responsible for injuries or deaths caused by its products?
The easiest solution is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn may look through the details of your case with you and tell you whether or not you have a case against the manufacturer. The following are the three categories of flaws for which manufacturers may be held liable. If you have questions, contact us at (310) 209-1600 for a consultation.
Defects in design
When a product’s design makes it more prone to cause harm, the producer might be held responsible. A good example would be electric equipment with improperly protected wiring that may easily produce a shock.
A single damaged product might be an accident. The manufacturer, on the other hand, is unquestionably accountable when items are repeatedly manufactured with known flaws. Takata airbags are an example of this, as they were manufactured with defective airbag canisters.
Advertising materials, instructions, and warning labels for a product can all be faulty. This is why your hairdryer comes with a warning not to use it in the bathtub; if it didn’t, and someone was injured, the maker might be held accountable.
What kinds of flaws do IKEA dressers have?
The problem with the recalled IKEA dressers is most likely a mix of design and advertising flaws. The firm may not have provided adequate notice that the dressers must be secured to a wall in order to be safe. They may not have paid enough attention to tipping dangers in the dresser’s construction and balance. It appears likely that some of the families will try to sue the firm for wrongful death.
Do you have concerns about a product liability case?
Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn is available to answer your questions concerning a prospective product liability lawsuit. To schedule a free first appointment to discuss your case, please contact (310) 209-1600.