Everyone has been annoyed by a product that inexplicably breaks or malfunctions. But what happens when that product malfunctions and injures you or someone else? Unfortunately, that is the reality many Americans face on a daily basis. From seemingly benign household items like peanut butter, baby cribs and tires, the list of products that have harmed or even killed people goes on and on.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was formed in 1972 in an effort to “protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.” While the CPSC has made significant advancements in keeping the public safe from defective products, their website reports that deaths, injuries and property damage from faulty or defective products still costs the nation over $1 trillion annually. Low income, minority, rural and communities of limited English speakers are especially vulnerable to injury or even death due to product malfunctions.
One of the larger and more recent examples of product defect occurred in the spring of 2015 when Harley-Davidson recalled nearly 46,000 of their motorcycles due to an issue with the clutch. This particular defect could cause a driver to loose control of their bike. To date, there have been an estimated 27 crashes and four injuries caused by this defect. If you own a Harley-Davidson and want to check to see if your bike is affected by the recall, visit the Harley-Davison recalls site.
Customers play a pivotal role in consumer safety, as they are often the first ones to spot a potential defect and contact the company. This proved to be true for Harley-Davidson as it was the relatively large number of customer complaints that forced them to investigate. If you suspect that a product may be defective and/or dangerous, you should report this information to the CPSC via their homepage.
New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Get Compensation For People Who Have Been Harmed by Defective Products
The public has a right to know that the products they purchase and use will not harm them or their loved ones. Injuries from defective products can be devastating and lead to hospitalization, inability to perform the duties of your job, or even death. If you or someone you know has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help you get the compensation you deserve. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, including Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Wall, Keansburg, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Union Beach and Neptune. For a free consultation, call us at 732-532-2011 or contact us online today.