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Notebook batteries, child mobiles among dangerous products

Some recent product recalls may impact consumers in the state of West Virginia, including the recalls of notebook batteries and child mobiles. The notebook batteries are considered dangerous products to due to overheating issues. Meanwhile, the mobiles are said to pose a choking hazard.

The notebook batteries are being recalled as part of an expanded recall involving more than 100,000 lithium-ion batteries that contain Panasonic cells. These cells are utilized in HP notebook computers. The batteries came with computers that were sold between March 2013 and Oct. 2016 at stores such as Sam's Club, Costco, Walmart and Best Buy; they were also sold online. Because the batteries can overheat, they pose a burn and fire hazard. So far, there has been a single report of overheating, charring and melting, which caused property damage totaling $1,000.

Nearly 1,000 vintage car mobiles from RH Baby & Child have also been recalled since the wheels on the car can become loose and fall, resulting in a choking hazard for young children. So far, there has been one report of a detaching wheel. These problematic child mobiles were sold online and in RH Baby & Child stores between Oct. 2014 and Oct. 2016.

West Virginia consumers who are hurt by dangerous products have the right to seek full financial accountability from the makers of these products. They may file product liability claims against the product makers, and others in the consumer supply chain, seeking the entry of a judgment for monetary damages. Liability must be established, based upon a showing of negligence or breach of warranty, before claims for damages will be determined.

Source: postandcourier.com, "Product recalls", Feb. 27, 2017

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