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Is your child at risk from recalled products?

How do you learn about a product recall? Do you hear it on the evening news, read about it in the paper or see it on social media? If you are a parent, you may have friends who are also parents, and you keep each other informed of important reports about dangerous products. No matter how you learn about a product recall, you likely take action, especially if your child's health or safety is at risk.

Recently, you may have heard that Fisher-Price, a leading manufacturer of items for babies and children, recalled one of its products following a series of tragic events. Even though most retailers complied with the recall by clearing the items from their shelves, your child may still be in danger.

Rock 'n Play dangers

The Fisher-Price recall of its popular Rock 'n Play Sleeper is a prime example of a poorly designed product. If you used a Rock n' Play with your child, you know that it cradles the baby in an inclined position while gently rocking the child to sleep. Sadly, however, over 30 children died using the sleeper, either from rolling over into the cup-shaped cradle or having their heads drop forward which blocked their airways.

You may have been among the many parents who got rid of their Rock 'n Play Sleepers immediately. However, unlike vehicle recalls, the manufacturer of these products did not notify consumers of the danger, so those who did not hear the news stories may not have realized they had a poorly designed and dangerous product. What you may find even more upsetting is that many daycares across the country continue to use recalled baby products like the deadly Rock 'n Play.

Who is responsible for informing consumers?

It is easy to miss the news about a recall notice, especially if you have children and lead a busy life. While most retailers collect significant information from their customers, which they use for direct marketing, they do not use that information to notify consumers that products they have purchased are under recall. Nor do large manufacturers take any steps to notify child care facilities of dangerous products they should not be using.

If your child suffers injuries from a defective product, you undoubtedly want answers. You may also feel justified in holding those responsible whose poorly designed products or casual reaction to reports of injuries left your child endangered. Your first step may be to seek information about your options from a Montana attorney.

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