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Consumers with young children in West Virginia may be impacted by a recent product recall involving baby rattles. Specifically, Vtech’s Shake and Sing Elephant rattles are being recalled because they pose a choking hazard. Around 280,000 of these dangerous products are part of the recall.

The rattle being recalled is around 7 inches in length and is designed to sing when somebody turns the button on. Unfortunately, the elephant ears on the rattle can easily break off. Thus, the use of the rattles may cause young children to choke.

These products were sold at several stores from November of 2015 to November of 2017, including Seventh Avenue, Mills Fleet Farm, Meijer, Walmart and Kmart. The rattles were also sold online at zulily.com and Amazon.com. So far, the company has received five reports about the rattles’ ear parts breaking, although injuries have not yet been reported.

Consumers naturally expect the manufacturers of products to generate items that are safe for the public to use. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. As a result, consumers end up with defective products that lead to serious injuries.

Those in West Virginia who are negatively affected by dangerous products have the right to file product liability claims against the manufacturers of these products, seeking the reimbursement of damages. A successfully fought lawsuit may result in a financial award that might help to cover medical costs and other losses tied to the use of a defective product. An understanding of what facts need to be proved is likely critical to prevail in this type of legal claim.

Source: postandcourier.com, “Product recalls“, March 11, 2018