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Product recalls for consumer safety: an advisory for Illinoisans


In Cook County, Illinois, consumers always check if the product is safe before buying it. However, some products slip through the market and into the homes of the consumers. Some of the most common forms of product defects are found in toys. Toxic exposure often happens with children who play with defective toys, which can lead to serious illness and even death. In some instances, appliances as well as automotive products are found to be defective. If this happens, manufacturers often initiate product recalls for the safety of the public.

First on the list are Disc brake calipers for bicycles, which are manufactured by Shimano American. This item was sold nationwide from February 2012 to May 2013. The reason behind the recall is that the calipers on the disc brakes can malfunction, which may result in an accident for the bicyclist.

The next item is a blender, which is manufactured by Frigidaire. The item was sold nationwide from March 2012 to July 2013. The blade of the blender can fail, which poses a laceration hazard.

Another item that was included in the product recall is a water dispenser by Waterlogic. According to the manufacturer, the hot water tank tends to stop, causing the dispenser to overheat, which is a fire hazard.

Consumers who might have suffered injuries from these items may wish to proceed with a legal action against the manufacturer. They may file a products liability claim in order to compensate them for their losses and damages. In the event of death due to an Illinois defective product, the family members of the victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit enables the plaintiff to sue the manufacturer and reimburse their losses from medical to funeral expenses.

To know how to properly file the case, the accident victim may seek legal advice from professionals who are experienced at handling wrongful death lawsuits.

Source: Huntingtonnews.net, "Recalls this week: disc brake calipers, blenders, and other product recalls," Sep. 19, 2013

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