Defective Recreational Product Lawyers in Dallas
Recreational activities such as riding, exercising and gaming can provide endless entertainment. Unfortunately, many of these products are also frequently recalled because they pose a threat to the safety of consumers. At Zinda Law Group, we are experienced in product liability and have the trial experience that can benefit your case. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the government agency responsible for regulating safe consumer products. The CPSC will recall products and investigate claims of dangerous products.
One of the most common risks associated with dangerous products is falling. Fall hazards are the reason that many recreational products are recalled each year. Many times, products will be recalled because a consumer complains of a defect. The CPSC will investigate this complaint in order to find out if it is valid. In other cases, the manufacturer of the defective product will issue a recall voluntarily after discovering a flaw in the design, manufacturing or marketing. Sadly, many of these products are not recalled until after consumers have already been injured by them.
ATVs, Exercise Equipment & More
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) of various makes and models have been recalled in the past due to various defects. These popular recreational vehicles are responsible for injuring thousands of consumers annually. Most of those injured by ATVs are children between the ages of 10 and 14. Some accidents and injuries associated with ATVs are self-inflicted, which means that the consumer was not using the product as intended.
However, other injuries are caused by improper rollover protection and defective mechanical parts. Snowmobiles are similar recreational vehicles, the main difference being that these are meant to move across snow rather than "all terrains." Provided that the rider was abiding by all the necessary snowmobile safety regulations, an injury or death can result in a product liability case.
Stationary recreational products can also pose a serious threat to consumers. For example, exercise equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines and exercise inflatable balls. Consumers should pay careful attention not to use out-of-date exercise equipment, as it may not be up to current safety standards. An individual who is injured while using a product that has already been recalled may not be able to recover compensation for their injuries, since a warning has already been issued.
Product Liability & Lawsuits
Product liability falls into three main categories: defects in design, defects in manufacturing and marketing defects ("failure to warn"). A design defect means that, even if a product is manufactured correctly, it will still pose a risk of injury to consumers. A defect in the manufacturing turns an otherwise safe product into one that can injure or kill a consumer. Marketing defects are slightly more complicated. These types of defects involve the manufacturer's failure to properly warn consumers of the risks associated with the product. This can include an improper warning label, misleading packaging or incorrect age limits. Sometimes, product manufacturers are found guilty of all three.
When a product manufacturer releases a defective product, it is typically an issue of strict liability rather than negligence. What this means is that the manufacturer did not intentionally put forth a subpar product or intend to cause harm, but is still considered the responsible party in the event of an injury. If you were injured by a defective recreational product such as a bike, ATV, trampoline or any other similar product, please contact the product liability attorneys at Zinda Law Group. Our firm can investigate your case and our Personal Injury attorneys can fight to see that you get your deserved compensation.