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…

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…

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…

Improved Safety Measures for Baby Sling Carriers

CPSC’s efforts in reducing risks of suffocation and falls I have many clients in the children’s products industry. There are several reasons why this is the most unique category of products in the marketplace, not the least of which is…

Product Liability and the Internet of Things

Is IoT a Pandora’s box of litigation? While shopping for a smoke alarm I noticed that there are now wireless models on the market. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the smoke alarm that senses smoke will set off all…

Retailers and Airlines Ban Hoverboards

Lithium batteries pose fire hazard Hoverboards are one of the 2015 holiday season’s most sought after gifts. And Amazon, one of the world’s largest retailers, is playing the part of the Grinch. Amazon is pulling many models from its U.S….

Understanding Children’s Product Liability

The most unique category of products in the marketplace Importers, distributors, manufacturers and inventors of children’s products must understand how insurance carriers, courts and retailers think about this distinct category of products. Why children’s products are different from other products…

Is Cadmium as serious as Lead?

Children are most likely to be at risk Cadmium is a carcinogen known for causing lung, breast and kidney cancers.  However, because of its recent discovery in consumer products, only scant research results exist to help determine the long-term health effects in…

High Premiums Not Always a Reflection of Your Product

Many start-up businesses that are starting to sell products are often confused when receiving quotes. They know their products are safe but the minimum premium quotes they received are just too high to allow them to make a fair profit. The explanation is the standard or admitted market policies for small business are just too broad to allow certain classes of business to participate.