Who knew kids' jeans could potentially be deadly? Michigan company Meijer Distribution has recalled infant and toddler jeans sold under its Falls Creek Kids label, according to Channel 2 Action News.
According to a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a snap on the front of the jeans can come loose and fall off, allowing toddlers to choke on it. More than 140,000 pairs of pants have been recalled as a result.
Recalls are often required under law and sometimes initiated by organizations like the Consumer Products Safety Commission. In other cases, companies want to minimize their liability and keep up their brand's image. Meijer Distribution has voluntarily recalled the jeans in cooperation with the CPSC.
The recalled jeans carry a "Falls Creek Kids" label on the inside waistband and were sold in sizes 12M to 5T. The jeans were sold both with and without a pink star or heart graphic design stitched on the outside front and back, and may also have cargo-style pockets.
If you have a pair of the recalled jeans, you can call Meijer at (800) 927-8699. The company will provide you with a pre-paid envelope to return the jeans.
So far, no injuries have been reported. However, if your child does end up injured as a result of the defective jeans, an injury suit may be appropriate. Manufacturers and retailers can be held liable for placing defective products in the hands of consumers.
In general, a product must meet the normal expectations of the consumer. A product that has an unexpected defect or danger doesn't meet consumers' ordinary expectations.
The recalled jeans have an alleged design defect, meaning the way they're designed creates an unexpected danger to their users. Meijer could potentially be held liable for any injuries that result from the design defect.
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