Just when you thought electricity was safe, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) strikes again with its press releases about unsafe products.
Of course, electricity is not safe when improperly routed. That just so happened to be the case with Innovage's Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps, which due to wire placement near the circuit board has caused 11 short circuits, 3 of which resulted in fires, according to the CPSC.
Recalls are a company’s way to attempt to avoid liability from lawsuits stemming from defective products, or government fines and fees. Granted, it does not save a company from lawsuits that occur before the recall is announced.
Lawsuits arise when a product is defective. Products can be defective in design, through manufacturing error, or by incorrect or improper marketing. A defective design is one that no matter how it is used it will end up harming you. A marketing defect is where there is a failure to warn about the dangers of a product.
Here, there was either a manufacturing or a design defect. Having wires too close to a circuit board could be the original design of the lamp, but it could also have been a mistake at the factory. If you were to file a suit, you would claim that both happened so that you could get the actual information during the discovery process.
Luckily for Innovage, no one has been hurt and no property has been damaged, other than the Discovery Kids lamp itself.
Here is the full recall information:
Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps that feature rotating films with marine or safari scenes. “Discovery Kids” is printed in the upper left corner of the lamp. The products have an 11-digit batch number that begins with either 584894 or 10128, and a model number of 1628626, 1642433, 1641522, 1641523, 1645729, or 1645853. Batch numbers are imprinted in the plastic underneath the lamps and on the bottom of the packaging. Model numbers are on stickers underneath the lamps and on the bottom of the packaging near the barcode
The lamps were sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond, Bonton, JCPenny, Kohls, Office Max, Toys “R” Us stores nationwide, and Amazon, Ideeli, JCPenny, Kohls, Macy’s and Overstock websites from June 2010 to March 2012.
If you have one of these lamps, stop using it immediately and contact Innovage for instructions on how to obtain a refund. Call (888) 232-1535 or visit www.innovage.net, www.lamprecall.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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