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Recalled Products in 2008 November 26, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law.
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So far there have been about 354 recalled products in the United States.  These products were recalled for various safety and health concerns.

Of these 354 products:

  • 52 or 15% were manufactured in the United States
  • 302 or 85% from foreign countries

Of the products recalled from foreign countries 201 were manufactured in China.

The American Association for Justice states:

This is significant because foreign manufacturers can set their prices lower because they are not subject to the equal prospect of restitution as U.S. manufacturers face if a consumer is injured by their product.  Also, foreign manufacturers often face huge discrepancies in product liability insurance rates.  Without the prospect of being held accountable through the U.S. civil justice system, a foreign producer has little incentive to maximize product quality and safety.

I’ve discussed the topic of recalls in past.  As we enter the toy buying season please be aware of what you purchase.  Not all toys are equal.  Lead based paint in toys and melamine in candies and other foods make me very weary of buying anything manufactured in China.  But how do you avoid it?

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 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Waukesha, Beloit, Kenosha and Wauwatosa.

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It’s the Time of Year for Toys (Dangerous Toys) November 24, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Personal Injury Law.
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The group W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc.) recently released its “Ten Worst Toys” list.  The most common reasons are “Eye Injuries,” “Choking Injuries” and “Other Serious Injuries.”  Simply put, these are dangerous toys.

I can say, as a father, I would not let my 3 and 1/2 year old play with nunchucks when he turns 4.  If that makes me a bad father so be it.  According to W.A.T.C.H.:

4-year-old children are encouraged to play the part of a Ninja, while wielding various weapons. One such weapon is Michelangelo’s “Nunchaku”, which the manufacturer describes as a “Kick-butt signature weapon!” consisting of two long plastic handles connected by a plastic chain. Remarkably, there are no accompanying cautions or warnings relating to potential impact injuries.

 I was a TMNT fan as a kid.  But, my parents would never have let me own nunchucks as a 4 year old.  Who is the marketing genius that came up with this marketing scheme?  It reminds me of the Dan Aykroyd skit from SNL.

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 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Shawano, Algoma, Kenosha and Wauwatosa.

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