According to news sources, the maker of Toy Beach Chairs, Build-A-Bear, has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty in a settlement reached with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission after allegations that it failed to report a product defect in one of its toy chair models that resulted in injuries to consumers.
The toy bear beach chair has been reported to have sharp edges that can cause lacerations while being folded. A child’s fingertip could potentially be lodged between the frame as it is being folded. There were 10 reports of injury arising from the product between July 2007 through January 2009. The company reportedly told the Commission about the incidents sometime in March 2009. Federal law requires companies to report any injuries arising from a defective product within 24 hours.
The company reportedly denied allegations that a defective product existed or that it violated the law.
As a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.