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What are the most dangerous consumer products that can cause injury and harm?

Consumer products make our lives more comfortable and convenient. However, not all products are safe.

As consumers, we trust that the products we purchase are safe to use and won’t cause harm. However, there are certain consumer products that pose significant dangers and can cause serious injuries.

In this article, we’ll discuss the, in no particular order, top ten most dangerous consumer products and the common injuries associated with them.

Baby cribs and infant-inclined sleepers

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Baby cribs and infant-inclined sleepers are supposed to provide a safe place for infants to sleep. However, poorly designed or faulty cribs can cause injuries or even death.

According to the CPSC, there have been approximately 32 infant deaths related to cribs each year.

Common hazards include the spacing between the slats and the design of the crib itself. Common injuries associated with cribs include suffocation and strangulation.

To reduce the risk of injury, it’s important to always follow the safety instructions and to choose a crib that meets current safety standards.


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Power tools

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Power tools, such as saws, drills, and sanders, are essential for many home improvement projects. However, they can also be dangerous if not used properly.According to the CPSC, power tools are responsible for approximately 400,000 emergency room visits each year. Common injuries include cuts, lacerations, burns, eye injuries, and in extreme cases, amputations.

To reduce the risk of injury, it’s important to always use safety equipment, such as goggles and gloves, and to read the safety instructions before using a power tool.

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Treadmills and exercise equipment

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While treadmills are a popular way to stay in shape, they can also be dangerous.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 24,000 people are treated for injuries related to treadmills each year. Common injuries include broken bones, head injuries, and burns.

To prevent injuries, it’s important to read the safety instructions before using a treadmill and to always use the safety key.

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Recalled Sun Joe Lawn Mower (model 24V-X2-17LM and model 24V-X2-17LM-CT)

Lawnmowers are another common household item that can be dangerous.

According to the CPSC, lawnmowers are responsible for approximately 80,000 emergency room visits each year. Common injuries include cuts, amputations, and eye injuries.

To reduce the risk of injury, it’s important to keep your lawnmower well-maintained and to never remove safety guards or shields.

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Toys and children's products

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Toys are supposed to bring joy to children, but they can also be hazardous.

Common toy-related injuries include choking, strangulation, and eye injuries. Small parts of toys, balloons, and plastic wrappings can cause choking, while cords and strings can cause strangulation.

To reduce the risk of injury and harm always inspect any toy before giving them to a child and be sure to keep an eye out on the latest product recalls to see if any toy you own has been affected.

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Recalled Walker Edison Furniture Solid Wood Bunk Bed in Black

Even a common household item like furniture can cause injuries if it’s not designed correctly or if it’s not used as intended. Common furniture-related injuries include tipping accidents, entrapment, and cuts.

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Recalled Steamfast Iron Model SF-717 with bushing

Common household appliances like stoves, ovens, dryers, and small appliances like steamers can cause injuries if they’re not used as intended or if they’re faulty. Common appliance-related injuries include burns, electrocution, and gas leaks.

To reduce your risk of harm always routinely inspect your appliances and check to see if an appliance you own has been recalled.

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Cars and other motor vehicles

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Motor vehicles like cars, trucks, and motorcycles can cause injuries or even death if not used correctly. It’s also possible that defective components within cars, like airbags, to cause catastrophic damage if a manufacturer defect is present.

Common motor vehicle-related injuries include whiplash, fractures, head injuries, and death.

Keep yourself safe while on the road by routinely inspecting your vehicle for any faults. Also, stay in tune with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for the latest automobile recalls and news.


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Chemicals and cleaning products

Household chemicals like cleaning products, pesticides, and pool chemicals can cause injuries if not handled correctly.

Common chemical-related injuries include poisoning, burns, and respiratory problems.

Always check your chemical and cleaning products prior to use to ensure they have not expired or have not been recalled. When not using chemicals and other types of cleaning products, make sure they are kept in a safe location (as stated on the product label) and away from children.

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Without a doubt one of the most deadly consumer products if handled improperly would be guns and other types of firearms. Unfortunately, over 1% of all gun and firearm-related deaths are ruled to have preventable.

Common firearm-related injuries include gunshot wounds, cuts, lacerations, and death.

To keep yourself and others safe, always ensure your firearms and handled properly and well-maintained. When not in use, prevent access to your guns and firearms by keeping them stored in a secure – preferably locked – enclosure.

As a consumer, it’s essential to be aware of the potential risks associated with the products you use. By understanding the common injuries associated with these ten dangerous consumer products, you can take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. Always read and follow the instructions for products, be aware of potential hazards, and take appropriate safety precautions to prevent injuries. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If you ever find yourself injured by a consumer product like we listed above or any other type of product, please contact us for a free consultation of your case. Our attorneys have decades of experience in handling cases involving dangerous and defective consumer goods and have won millions of dollars for our clients.

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