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Products Recalled in January 2017: Denim Jackets, Scooters, ATVs

A product recall is a request to return a faulty product when the manufacturer, distributor, or seller of the product discovers safety issues or product defects that might cause harm to consumers. For consumers who are injured due to a recalled product, they might have a claim against the party who made or sold the product. This article will discuss some of the most recent recalled products in January of 2017, and what you can do to avoid getting hurt. If you or a family member suffers a recalled product injury, we can help you file a lawsuit in pursuit of compensation.

Children’s Denim Jacket Recall

These jackets, created by Tea Collection Inc. are blue denim jackets with metal buttons and snaps. While the metal snaps on the jackets are reported to detach and create a significant choking hazard to children, there are not currently any cases regarding consumers who have been injured by these jackets.

Recalled All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Each year, a significant number of all-terrain vehicle accidents occur that result in serious injuries and even fatalities. A recall was recently issues for model year 2016 and 2017 LT-A750X and LT-A750XP KingQuad ATVs. “Suzuki KingQuad” and “4×4 750AXi.” There is a risk that the all-terrain vehicle’s battery will fail and cause the vehicle’s engine to stop suddenly, which can throw a vehicle rider violently off the machine and cause a serious injury. While there are several incidents of all-terrain vehicles that have experienced this defect, fortunately no one has been injured by this product.

Similarly, model year 2014 through 2016 Sportsman 570 Touring and X2 model ATVs and model year 2017 Sportsman 570 6×6 model ATVs. “Sportsman” have also recently been recalled. These all-terrain vehicles are believed to pose a serious fire hazard.

Recalled Children’s Scooters

These three-wheeled scooters for children have recalled numbers GT5048R, GT5110R, GT5121R, GT5124R, GT5125R, GT5122R, GT5117R, and GT5123R. The front wheels of these scooters are known to detach when riding, which can create a significant fall or general accident hazard for children. There is already at least one report of the wheel detaching cause an injury to the child, who fell off of the scooter.

What to Do If You are Injured by a Defective Product

Defective products have the potential to cause serious injury or even fatalities. There are, however, several mistakes that consumers who are harmed by the products tend to make that can greatly weaken a product liability case.

Consumers should always remember to do the following after encountering a defective product:

  • Avoid Altering the Product: If a product has harmed a consumer, it is a wise to not do anything about the product’s defective nature. If a product is tampered with in any way after the accident, opposing counsel can argue that an individual dangerously modified the defective product.
  • Disobeying a Doctor’s Advice: If an individual has been harmed in any way by a defective product, it is a wise idea to receive medical treatment from a skilled physician. Individuals should also make sure to precisely follow the medical advice of a medical professional.
  • Do Not Talk With the Insurance Company: Many individuals who are harmed by defective products contact the products’ manufacturers, which can quickly involve the company’s insurance carriers. Individuals should avoid making statements to insurance companies in this situation without first speaking to a knowledgeable attorney.
  • Initiate the Case in a Timely Manner: Timely reaction to a defective product is essential. Consumers have a brief window in which to initiate a claim against the responsible parties or the case will not be considered valid because of the statute of limitations.