Each year, thousands of products are recalled due to the risk they pose to consumers. While any product can be recalled, common types of recalled products are:
- Vehicles and automobile parts
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), which regulates more than 15,000 types of consumer products, monitors reports regarding injuries or fatalities related to consumer goods. While the CPSC has the authority to recall products, most recalls are voluntarily conducted by the manufacturer or distributor of the product with the CPSC assisting the manufacturer or distributor in notifying consumers. The CPSC posts all product recall announcements on their website, below are three consumer products that were recalled in October of 2020.
Specialized Bicycle Components
On October 13, 2021, Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., recalled 6,900 units of its Specialized Tarmac SL7 Bicycles and Framesets due to fall and injury hazards. The fork steerer tube in the bicycle can crack or break after an impact, such as hitting a deep pothole or other stress event, leading to the possibility of a rider falling or injuring themselves. The recalled bicycles and framesets have the word “Tarmac” written on the back of the seat tube and the words “Specialized” or “SWORKS” are printed on the bicycle’s downtube. The bicycles were sold at authorized Specialized Bicycle Components retailers nationwide from July 2020 through August 2021. Consumers should immediately cease use of the recalled bicycles and framesets and contact Specialized for a free inspection and repair. To date, two reports of the bicycle’s steerer tube breaking after harsh frontal impact have been received. There have been no injuries reported.
Hobby Lobby Stools
On October 6, 2021, Hobby Lobby recalled 14,000 units of its White Wood Stools due to a fall and injury hazard. The stools can break during use posing the risk of someone falling and injuring themselves. The recalled stools have a brown wood curved seat with squared-off legs that are painted white. The stools were sold at Hobby Lobby stores nationwide from June 2021 through July 2021. Consumers should immediately cease use of the stools and return them to the nearest Hobby Lobby store for a full refund. To date, seven reports of the stools breaking while in use have been received. There have been six incidents of minor injuries reported.
On October 7, 2021, Joovy Holding Co. recalled 9,200 units of its Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Strollers due to a fall hazard. The stroller’s front wheel bearing can fail or detach, which could lead to a fall or injuries. The recalled strollers have a SKU of 8060, 8061 ,8067, and 8069. The strollers were sold in black, blueberry, charcoal, and red, and were sold at independent specialty juvenile stores nationwide and online at Joovy.com, Amazon.com, BuyBuyBaby,com, and Target.com from May 2020 through December 2020. Consumers should immediately stop using the strollers and contact Joovy for a free repair kit to replace the front wheel fork bearing. Joovy is contacting all known purchasers directly. To date, there have been 25 incidents of restricted front wheel movement reported. Of the 25 incidents, 12 occurred where the wheel fork bearing wore through the housing and detached. One fall resulting in bruising has been reported.
If you were injured by any of these products or others, contact a product liability lawyer, like one from Eglet Adams, as soon as possible. You do not want to miss the statute of limitations for filing.