Recalls and investigations swirl around eclipse glasses and fidget spinners

What happens when you don’t follow the rules Apparently many of the parties involved in selling and distributing faulty eclipse glasses and fidget spinners didn’t follow the 5 Risk Management Steps to Prevent Product Liability Claims.  Being in a rush…

FDA Deals a Blow to the Vaping Industry

Vaping industry and consumers feel the burn of court rulings We’ve followed the debate about the pros and cons of e-cigarettes for quite some time now. Two courts recently weighed in on the side of those against vaping. Maybe the…

The high cost of not reporting product safety issues

Company penalized $4.64M for allegations of failure to report Apparently not everyone is familiar with the adage that ignoring a problem won’t make it go away. And when you’re talking about product safety, ignoring a problem not only won’t make…

When Technology Outpaces Product Liability Laws

Wrestling with the increased exposure that comes with automation Everybody knows that advancements in technology can lead to great benefits, such as efficiency, access to information, improved health, and safety. But these same advancements can also open up greater product…

Product Liability and 3D Printing

Changes are inevitable in product liability laws and standards Some time ago I addressed several interesting points in “3D Printers Will Change the World as We Know It.” At the time, the biggest risk being predicted was whether manufacturers would be…

Fewer Product Recalls But More Injuries

The trend in injuries is cause for concern There is good news and bad for the first quarter of 2017 with regard to product liability. Stericycle ExpertSolutions reported a decrease in the number of product recalls, down from the last…

Manufacturers and Product Liability Claims

Ensuring a proper investigation based on the facts A product liability claim can ruin your business and your reputation. Whether you, as the manufacturer, are at fault, simply having to defend against claims can be financially devastating. The widespread and…

Food product recalls

The surprising impact of undeclared allergens We’ve posted articles on food products safety in the past, but never discussed the danger of food allergens. Or, more specifically undeclared food allergens. I’ve always said the danger isn’t so much what’s on…

Product Liability and Children’s Products

Most incidents involve nursery products Many of our clients and potential clients manufacture, supply or sell children’s products.  As I tell them all, children’s products are the most unique category of products on the market and typically more difficult to…

What triggers a CPSC recall of a defective product?

When a product poses a “substantial hazard” Every U.S. manufacturer, importer, distributor, and retailer of consumer products are obligated to report potential product defects to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. This doesn’t necessarily result in a CPSC-ordered recall of…