With school just around the corner, there will be a lot of supplies purchased. Some children may want to have a character watch on their wrist, specially for the first day of school to show to their friends. However, this may be something that parents here in West Virginia want to avoid, as some watches have been deemed potentially dangerous or defective products.
A company called MZB has made an announcement that they will be recalling about two million children’s watches. Apparently, there is a risk that the children may suffer from irritation of the skin underneath and around where the watch lies. In some cases, the watch could cause a chemical burn of the skin.
These risks occur when the back of the watch detaches, which it is not supposed to do. When this happens, the inside of the watch is exposed to water, which is what causes the harmful skin reaction. So far, the company has received nearly a dozen reports of incidents. About half of those incidents resulted in the need for medical treatment by a professional, although the extent of the injury was not mentioned.
The children’s watches are very popular since they feature various characters from television shows and movies, including My Little Pony, the Avengers and Spider-Man. Some watches feature the characters from Star Wars, the princesses of Disney as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. These $5 to $20 watches have been sold at Kohl’s, K-Mart and Wal-Mart since 2012 and were pulled from the shelves in June 2015.
Companies, like the manufacturer of these watches, can potentially be held responsible for dangerous or defective products that they have sold to the consumer market. This is particularly true if it can be proved that the products resulted in a consumer’s injury. With a successfully litigated claim here in West Virginia, it may be possible to obtain financial relief for any personal suffering as well as various other damages endured due to the injury from the defective product.
Source: Fox Business, “Retailer recalls 2M children’s watches because of risk of skin irritation and chemical burns”, Aug. 5, 2015