Fewer things are more irritating than receiving a
damaged or defective product. While one of a manufacturer’s primary goals is providing functional
items, occasionally a factory or design error will prompt a product recall.
While some of these recalls are preemptive, others are the result of horrifying
accidents caused by unanticipated or overlooked defects. Here’s
a list of ten recalled products you may not have known about.
1. Easy-Bake Ovens
These little toys have been a staple in many American childhoods for more
than 50 years. You may have played with one yourself. What you might not
know, however, is that easy-bake ovens sold in stores across the United
States are newer models implemented after two massive recalls in February
and July of 2007. The first recall was issued after no fewer than 29 reports
of children getting their hands and fingers caught in the device’s
front-loading door. Of the 29 who were injured, 5 suffered burns. Hasbro
released a free retrofit kit for all existing products that weren’t
returned, but another 249 incidents were reported later that year, including
16 incidents of second- and third-degree burns. One child’s burns
were so severe that she had to have part of her finger amputated.
While many people are familiar with the Tylenol Scare of 1982, fewer have
heard about the 1986 deaths of 2 people who took Extra-Strength Excedrin.
Two bottles tainted with cyanide were found in the same grocery store
in Washington, prompting Bristol-Myers, the manufacturers, to recall all
Extra-Strength Excedrin products in the Seattle area.
3. Poké Balls
In late 1999, when Pokémon was in its heyday, Burger King released
57 types of Poké Ball toys for use in their kids’ meals.
The Poké Ball split into two halves, creating a space for small
toys. Later in December, a 1-year-old girl suffocated after half of a
ball covered her nose and mouth. A little more than 10 days later, another
1-year-old almost suffocated in the same way but was rescued by her father.
Burger King finally recalled more than 25 million Poké Balls.
4. Kit Kats
In April 2007, Nestlé recalled all of its Caramel Kit Kat Chunky
bars and Kit Kat Cookie Dough Chocolate bars after several people found
pieces of hard plastic inside the chocolate. While no one was injured
by the defect, Nestlé decided to voluntarily recall the products
before anyone choked on the inedible material.
5. Baby Formula
Many were surprised by the 2010 recall of 5 million containers of Similac
infant formula, but Abbott Laboratories, its manufacturer, voluntarily
recalled the product after realizing the batch may have been contaminated
by beetles. Warehouse beetles are common anywhere dried grains and other
foods can be found. While they pose no real health risk, the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration warned that small insect parts and larvae could
irritate an infant’s digestive tract and cause lack of appetite.
In 2013, Hachette Book Group recalled 70,000 children’s books. In
these books, the metal rod holding in small beads at the top of the book
were easily detachable. Not only were the beads a choking hazard, but
the rod could also cause lacerations to kids using them.
Airbags were mandated in most manufactured cars in order to reduce the
chances of skull fractures and brain damage in the event of an accident.
However, one of the manufacturers of airbags, Takata, had to recall 34
million airbags in 2015 after it was discovered the metal airbag inflators
exploded at high pressure and launched shrapnel at car occupants. Takata
faced severe criticism, as they knew about the faulty inflators and their
potential for injury since 2004. At least 11 deaths and 184 injuries occurred
in the United States as a result of the product.
Keep an eye on the news and check on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s
website for updates on the latest product recalls. If you’ve been injured
as a result of a faulty product,
contact one of our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys to discuss your case.
We offer free no-obligation consultations.