CPSC Limits Holiday Shopping, Part I

CPSC Limits Holiday Shopping, Part I

Product Liability LawyerAs you prepare your last minute St. Petersburg holiday gift list, be sure that you aren’t planning to make an unsafe purchase and, if you are one of those who bought gifts weeks or months in advance, now is a great time to check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for any recent recalls.

After all, giving a gift that is known to be a danger would be the last thing you would want to be remembered for.

To help those of you still in buying mode, the CPSC has already pulled several known threats from the shelves this month.

For the Man In Your Life. While not all men love spending time in the garage and the yard, there are millions of males around the country who admit to these being among their first loves, including men in the St. Petersburg area. That being said, if you are in the market for yard- or wood-working tools this season, you might be relieved to know that the following items are no longer available to you, as they could result in serious tragedy. If you do see a few lingering in Saint Petersburg stores, be sure to avoid them.

  • Approximately 108,000 Harbor Freight cordless drills were recalled because it was discovered that the trigger switch can overheat resulting in a very real fire hazard.
  • 210,000 Kawasaki lawn mowers were also recalled because their fuel filters were found to have leaks that could result in a sudden ignition. This was in addition to the 2,600 riding Toro mowers recalled for a similar reason. A personal injury attorney can help you if you are the recipient of either of these mowers and have suffered from an accident involving them.
  • After the news footage of Hurricane Sandy, it might have occurred to you to give a generator this holiday season, but the portable generators by American Honda Motor Company are no longer an option. 150,000 of them were recalled for fuel leaks and the resulting potential fire hazard.

When products like these malfunction, it can result in very serious injuries or even loss of life. It is for that reason that a personal injury attorney and the law allow individuals to seek compensation when a company fails to provide a safe product.