On September 18, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that retailer H&M is voluntarily recalling Children’s Water Bottle after a reported hazard. The incident involved the water bottle spout, which allegedly broke in a child’s mouth while the child was drinking. Although in this particular instance no injury was reported, the bottles’ defective spouts pose a choking hazard to children.
H&M recalled about 2,900 bottles which were sold exclusively at H&M stores with children’s departments for about $5 from July 2012 through August 2012. The 16 oz. water bottles are pink or blue plastic with a crackle design. The bottles have flip-top lids in coordinated pink and blue colors.
At any point during the design and manufacturing process, significant failures may contribute to a product’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or even fail to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death once the product reaches the homes, schools and workplaces of unsuspecting consumers.
At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., our product liability and personal injury attorneys pursue justice on behalf of victims of hazardous products and throughout the United States. Our firm has a national reputation for successfully representing consumers and their families who have been victimized by defective products, resulting in severe and catastrophic injuries. If you or a member of your family has suffered serious injuries due to a defective household product, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights. You can set up an initial consultation with one of the attorneys at our Boston office by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.