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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Graco Children’s Products has issued a recall for 4.9 million strollers because a folding hinge on the stroller’s die poses an amputation risk.

Graco reports they have received 11 reports of finger injury including six fingertip amputation and four reports of partial fingertip amputation.

The strollers involved in the recall includes 11 Graco and Century-brand strollers with a build date between August 2000 and September 2014.

The stillers were sold in a wide range of stores including Toys “R” Us Inc., Target and Wal-Mart Stores and have the names: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.

Contact Graco Children’s Products at 1-800-345-4109 or at their website for more information and to receive a repair kit.

Baby and Child Product Liability Attorney

If a baby or a child is seriously injured due to a product that had defective design or manufacturer, parents may wish to seek damages by filing a product liability claim. Product liability claim can be made against manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.

The following list contains a representation of some of the products that were recalled after deaths or serious injury to children.

  • Drop-side cribs
  • Defective child restraints
  • Unsafe clothing or bedding
  • Adulterated food products
  • Magnetic toys
  • Airsoft guns
  • Bumbo Baby Seats
  • Pocket bikes
  • Nanny and Nap Nanny

Every year, thousands of children suffer injury or are killed due to defective or dangerous products. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, has experience investigating and litigating cases involving dangerous products.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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A new study presented by the American Heart Association reveals that poison control centers field thousands of call after children accidentally consume so-called “energy drinks” containing high amounts of caffeine.

Consumption of energy drinks poses serious health effects to young children under the age of six including dangerous high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms and seizures.

According to the Heart Association study, 40% — more than 5,000 — phone calls to poison control centers between 2010 and 2013 involved children who had consumed energy drinks.

Even more children may be affected as often children are taken to Emergency Rooms instead of a call to the poison control center. Calls to poison control center may prove just a fraction of the actual number of exposures.

Energy drinks contain high amounts of sugar and about the same amount of caffeine as in a cup of coffee. Some energy drinks can contain more than 4 times this amount. The drinks can also contain taurine and l-carnitine and the herb ginseng.

Young children should never consume energy drinks and the drinks often contain warnings to that effect. However, young children under the age of six usually don’t read labels and it is incumbent on caretakers to make sure that children are not accidentally ingesting these drinks.

Caffeine poisoning

Symptoms of caffeine overdose in children can include:

  • Tensing and relaxing muscles
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shock
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Extremely high blood pressure
  • Rapid and deep breathing

Shock is a life-threatening side effect and a person in shock can suffer unconsciousness, confusion, chest pains, bluish lips, agitation, clammy skin, low or no urine output, rapid and weak pulse.

In the case of serious symptoms, one should call 911 for immediate medical attention.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become seriously ill due to food poisoning and dangerous products.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

For more information, see the American Heart Association article, Poison control data show energy drinks and young kids don’t mix
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halloween accident attorney slip and fallHalloween is but a couple of weeks away and you may have already decorated your house and started helping your child shop for a Halloween costume.

Choosing a Halloween costume with safety in mind and decorating your house for the safety of little ghosts and goblins is the key to having a safe and fun Halloween.

Costumes

Choose a costume that does not have trailing fabric which can cause a child to trip. Also, check to make sure the fabric is fire-retardant and won’t catch on fire if it comes into contact with a flame. Make sure that the child has visibility when wearing a mask. And, last but not least, have your child carry a flashlight or light stick while trick or treating. Retro-reflective tape can also be used to make sure child are visible.

Decorations

Be careful when placing your jack-o’-lantern if you use a real candle. Put the jack-o’-lantern in an area where little trick-or-treaters do not trip over it or come in contact with it. Consider using a flameless candle run by a battery which are a safe way to illuminate your jack-o’-lantern. While it is fun to decorate your house with a scary theme for Halloween, make sure that paths are illuminated so children don’t trip over sprinklers, cracks in the walks or other hazards.

Trick-or-Treating

Make sure children are accompanied with one or more adults when trick-or-treating. Children, even those who know better, can become overly excited on Halloween and dart into traffic. We recommend supervising children until the age of 12.

Choose trick-or-treating routes that are well lit and have sidewalk. For older children, discuss the route before the children go out.

Motorists Be Ware on Halloween

Motorists are urged to be especially vigilant on Halloween and should watch for trick-or-treaters who might dart out into traffic. Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways. Watch for children who may not be looking out for motorists even at marked crosswalks.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and slip and fall accidents. Contact us if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Last week a toddler — 22-month old Cooper Harris –dafter his father left him strapped in his car seat in a hot car for seven hours. Cooper died of hypothermia. The father said that he simply forgot to bring his son to daycare but the police are investigating the father for murder.

It is hard to imagine leaving a child or a pet in a car to die. Unfortunately, as many as 43 children die every year due to heatstroke. Most of the deaths occurred when parents or caregivers accidentally “forgot” the child. Children and pets can quickly develop heatstroke in a car so parents and care givers should never leave a child alone in a car even for 10 minutes.

The temperature inside a parked car can rise as much as 20 degrees in about 10 minutes. Heatstroke can occur when a body temperature reaches 104 degrees or above. Even the moderate climate of Western Washington can pose a threat in our warmer summer months.

Some states are seeing a decline in the use of child safety seats, especially among older children. Washington state law requires children to be buckled into a car seat or booster seat until they reach eight years of age or 4’9″ tall. This is a disturbing trend that we hope does not continue.

While some parents or caregivers neglect to buckle children up, others are not properly installing car seats. The most common mistake that parents make is not installing a rear-facing seat at the proper angle. Another common mistake is not properly placing the shoulder belt across the shoulder and chest. Some studies suggest that 1 in 3 car seats are not installed properly.

Winter car seat safety

Winter months make can make car seat fit especially problematic because bulky coats and winter gear can affect the car seat straps. Straps should be fitted snugly across a child but a coat or snow suit creates spaces which can allow a child to shift in the seat if the car stops abruptly. It can also result in a child being ejected from the car seat in a car accident.

It is recommended that children should be buckled up in no more than a sweatshirt or sweater. Use can use the winter coat for a blanket or use a car seat cover.

If you would like help in insuring your child’s car seat is properly fitted, see www.carsafekids.org for information on child safety seat inspection stations. Many of our local hospitals have then including Overlake Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Evergreen Hospital.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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seattle product liability attorneyThe Wall Street Journal reports that a 7-month old Florida boys has died after ingesting a All Mighty Pacs Free & Clear single load laundry detergent pack.

Detergent laundry packets have been one of the newest laundry cleaning innovations. The small packets of highly concentrated laundry detergent are convenient and prevent detergent waste. However, there have been reports that babies and toddlers have been poisoned after accidentally ingesting the product.

According to the National Poison Data System, 5,753 children, ages five and younger have been exposed to the laundry packets between January 1 and July 31 of this year. In 2012, there were 6,231 reports of accidental exposures. As the product becomes more popular, we may see the number of children injured increase. Therefore, it is imperative that parents and caregivers be warned of the danger and manufacturers warn people of the risks.

According to Poison Control centers, ingesting the product or coming into contact can cause vomiting, wheezing and gasping and serious breathing problems. Some children have even required ventilators to help them breathe. Other children have suffered eye injuries after the concentrated detergent got into their eyes.

The packets seems to be especially attractive to children because some are colored brightly and they are squishy and fun to play with them. Some of the laundry packets/pods are packagaged in colorful packs that might resemble toys or candy.

Poison control centers are warning parents of the dangers of these laundry packets.

  • Keep detergents locked up and out of reach of small children.
  • Follow product instructions.
  • Contact your Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 if you suspect your child has been in contact with these detergent packets.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our product liability lawyer is currently reviewing laundry detergent pack poisoning lawsuits for families who have had children who have been seriously injured after ingesting the product or after getting it into their eyes.

If your child suffered one of the following symptoms after coming into contact with these products, you may be seeking counsel of a product liability attorney:

  • nausea
  • loss of consciousness
  • respiratory distress
  • gastrointestinal damages
  • vision loss

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Washington state has a child restraint law requiring children under the age of eight to be in a child booster seat if the child less less than four feet nine inches tall. In addition, the law requires children under the age of 13 to ride in the rear seat whenever it is practical. Drivers who fail to adhere to the booster seat law are subject to a $112 fine per child.

Children between the ages of 4 and 8 are four times less likely to be injured in a car accident than a child who wore only a seat belt alone. In fact, young children can be injured by a seat belt including internal organ injury and spinal injury.

Selecting a Booster Seat

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provides a web-site, Booster Seat Evaluations for 2012, which can help a parent choose a booster seat for their child. Fit of a booster seat is really important. It should fit both the car and the child.

The IIHS web-site rates many model of booster seats. Manufacturers can change the name of a booster seat so be sure to check the Model #. The BEST BET rated seats fit most 4 to 8 year old children and fits in almost any car, SUV or minivan.
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With the holiday toy-buying season upon us and just in time to inform parents, grandparents and other who will be buying toys this season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released the report for 2011 of toy injuries.

The CPCSC works to protect children and adults from injury or death from consumer products. According to the CPSC, in 2011, there were an estimated 193,200 toy-related injuries to children under the age of 15 which required treatment in an emergency room.

Forty-four percent of the children treated in emergency rooms suffered lacerations, contusions or abrasions and nearly 50% were injuries to the head or face.

Toy related deaths are a tragedy to every family. In 2011, 54% of toy-related fatalities involved hanging, positional asphyxiation or traumatic asphyxia. These injuries are often related to balloons or small balls. 31% of the deaths involved drowning or motor vehicles.

The CPSC provides the following safety tips:

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  • Balloons — discard broken or deflated balloons immediately and then them away from children under the age of 8.
  • Small balls — keep small balls away from children under the age of 3 because they pose a choking hazard.
  • Small parts — toys with small parts like Legos can pose a choking hazard so they should be kept away from small children.
  • Riding toys and skates — children can fall or go into traffic or into a swimming pool on riding toys and skates so children should be supervised and they should wear protective pads and helmets as appropriate in case of a fall.
  • Magnets — can be very dangerous if they are swallowed so they should be kept away from children under the age of 14.
  • Packaging — packaging should be discarded immediately because they can cause asphyxiation.
  • Batteries and toys requiring chargers and adaptors — may pose a burn or electrocution hazard so children should be supervised when using these items.

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Tonight, the number of children going trick or treating might be down because of the rain, but some children will brave the elements and will be going door to door in the greater Seattle metropolitan area. It’s important that children stay safe and drivers be on alert for little ghosts and goblins to do unpredictable things like dashing across a dark street.

Some advice for motorists

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  • Drive slowly and cautiously especially in residential areas and where children are trick or treating.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that every year thousands of children die needlessly in motor vehicle accidents because their child safety seat was not properly installed or they were not restrained in one.

Any parent that has ever installed a child safety seat knows that they are not always easy to install and sometimes they don’t fit correctly in the model car the parent or caregiver is trying to install them into.

bellevue auto accident lawyerParents and caregivers might not even realize that since September 1, 2002, all vehicles were required to have a LATCH system. LATCH is an acronym for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. A LATCH system makes child safety seats easier to install because they have a top tether which anchors to an anchor in the vehicle and a lower attachment which attaches to an anchor (see picture to the right). With a LATCH system, one is not required to use vehicle seat belts.

Parents and caregivers can check their vehicle owner’s manual to find out the exact location of the tether anchors (metal loops). In sedans, they can be found behind the rear seat of the rear shelf and in larger SUVs and trucks, the anchors can be found on the rear of the vehicle itself, on the floor or on the roof.

All forward-facing child safety seats should be installed using a top tethers in conjunction with the lower anchor or vehicle seat belt.

For more information, the NHTSA has information about choosing the right safety car seat, installation videos and registering your child seat in case of a recall: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS

Information on the LATCH system can be found here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/LATCH
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