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Defective products may leave Lehigh Valley parents worrying

The good news for parents in Lehigh Valley is that the number of infants going to emergency rooms because they were hurt by defective products, such as toys, has begun to go down in recent years. The bad news is that there is more than one defective product still on store shelves, and in use, that can cause injuries to infants and young kids. These defective products include the popular Bumbo Baby Seat.

The Bumbo Baby Seat has recently been the subject of a defective product recall. The seat is thought to be a danger to infants and young kids when it has no safety belt and is placed in an elevated position. When kids wiggle out of the seat or fall, they can sustain serious injuries. The seats so far have been the cause of 84 injuries, including 21 skull fractures in small children.

Readers in Lehigh Valley that own the baby seat should discontinue its use immediately. Remedies for parents who own the seats include ordering a restraint system that is available to install on their current model. Or, since models currently in stores have the restraint, parents may also decide to return their current seat to the store and purchase a new one. So far, around 4 million seats have been recalled.

With more than 81,000 kids receiving emergency room treatments for baby product-related injuries, the recall of a defective product is of importance to all parents. If a parent believes that their child has been injured by such a defective product, they may wish to begin to collect information on the injuries and their rights. Included in this collection should be medical records indicating the cause and injury of the child. This information may be important should there be a personal injury claim against the maker of a dangerous product, recalled or not.

Source: MarketWatch, "Baby beware: 4 child-product problems," Kelli B. Grant, Aug. 20, 2012

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