Cincinnati Product Liability Attorney: Household Safety & Injury Prevention with Defective Furniture
Serious accidents in Ohio involving defective furniture almost always happen unexpectedly. Accidents and injuries are nearly 100 percent preventable if manufacturers take measures to protect consumers, though that is not always the case and thousands of children and sometimes adults are injured each year when defective furniture falls or tips over.
In recent years, even as pressure mounts from safety advocate groups, litigation and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), companies who produce and sell furniture, like IKEA and other furniture giants, have faced lawsuits alleging their defective furniture contributed to or directly caused an injury or wrongful death. As a result, consumers have been forced to come to grips with the fact that since the companies will not regulate themselves, they must force the issue with defective furniture lawsuits. Consumers with babies and small children are also urged to protect themselves from potential injuries with the following safety measures:
Ikea’s more recent recall is the largest furniture recall in U.S. history. According to attorneys, instability and lightweight materials, Ikea’s dressers have killed at least six children, including two children in 2014, when two kids were killed by Malm chests, prompting Ikea to distribute free anchoring kits. It took a third deadly Ikea dresser accident for the company to finally recall the item.
The incident even led to a statement from a Pennsylvania Senator, who called for dresser manufacturers to meet mandatory stability requirements going forward. IKEA settled three wrongful death lawsuits for 50 million dollars. Other injuries and deaths have been reported as well. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 25,000 children are injured in defective furniture tip-overs. Other defective furniture recalls have included:
Injuries involving defective furniture are foreseeable and preventable, and manufacturers of certain products have a duty to perform safety tests and warn Ohio consumers, or lawsuits are likely to continue into the future. Most states also hold a distributor of furniture responsible for defective designs if they are aware of the safety risks.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a piece of defective furniture in Ohio, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.