The Doctors TV Show on Surprising Health Dangers You Never Knew did a segment on Product Recalls and especially Drop Side Crib Recalls. Dr Travis Stork said that if you watch the news all day and all night, then you probably will hear about most Product Recalls, but what about those of us who cannot watch the news constantly? Loni Coombs, a former trial prosecutor and legal expert, was on The Drs TV Show to explain how to find Product Recalls.
The Drs TV Show: Product Recalls
Loni Coombs said that in addition to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Website, you should keep an eye on Recalls.gov which consolidates all recalls across industries – from cars to produce and food to cosmetics to drugs. Plus, Coombs said there are great safety tips and a place where you can report incidents with products that gave you an adverse reaction or seemed potentially dangerous. Another great tip is to always send in the warranty card that comes with products because this lets the manufacturer know who bought their product. Then, if anything goes wrong and the product is recalled in the future, they will contact you personally so that you do not have to keep your eye on Product Recall Lists. Loni Coombs told The Doctors that the best rule to live by is “prevention first”, but if a product is recalled you will most likely only be entitled to your money back or a fix-it kit. If you get seriously hurt, Coombs said that you will probably need to sue, and this is where class action lawsuits often come in. In these cases, you usually get a contingency fee lawyer, meaning that you do not actually pay the lawyer upfront, but he gets a big chunk of whatever money you win at the end.
The Drs: Drop Side Crib Recalls
Parents love Drop Side Cribs, because it makes it easier to get a baby in and out of the crib since the side can drop down. However, the rail can move away from the mattress, and the baby can fall down into the crack and get trapped or strangled. Especially if you have an older crib, you have to be careful. The Doctors said that as of June, it will be illegal for anyone to sell a Drop Side Crib. 9 million cribs have been recalled over the last 5 years, so you have to be cautious if you buy a second hand crib from places like ebay or a garage sale. Also, hotels, motels and daycare centers have an extra 2 years to get rid of Drop Side Cribs and to replace them. So check out the crib at your child’s daycare or at a hotel, and if it is a Drop Side Crib then look for another place for your baby to sleep.
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