Yesterday, November 1, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is recalling about 3,000 units of Halloween Mini Projection Lights. These were sold nationwide during the month of September 2012 for $1.25 exclusively at Five Below stores.
The recalled items, which were manufactured in China, are about six inches long and have Halloween-themed black designs on them, and were sold in orange, green, and purple. The Halloween Mini Projection Lights pose a burn hazard because the lights can overheat and melt. So far, Atico International USA has received two reported incidents, including one burn injury.
At any point during the design and manufacturing process, failures regarding safety issues associated with children’s toys and holiday accessories may contribute to a product’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or failure to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from the product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death once the product reaches homes, schools, and workplaces of consumers.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.