Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mega Brands pays civil settlement for defective toy

Every defective product has an equivalent liability on the part of the manufacturer. Hence, some companies would voluntarily undergo recall process in case of any untoward incidents involving their products. For some, however, liability attached as damage had already been done.

The toy maker Mega Brands America Inc. (Mega Brands) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million as settlement for its defective Magnetix building sets.

If you would recall, in March 2006, Mega Brands recalled its building sets for children less than 6 years old. The recall was made following the death of a boy who swallowed eight magnets.

The company waited for 3 months following the boy’s death before it ordered the recall of its defective toys. It only showed that they cared less to children who swallowed the magnets and hundred of children who has the product.

When Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated the incident, it revealed that Rose Art currently known as Mega Brands already received at least 1,100 reports of children being injured after swallowing the magnets but failed to act on it.

Mega Brands was now in dispute with Rose Art regarding such previous incidents as failure to report them amounted to violations of CPSP rules specifically on requiring companies to report any defect in their product after 24 hours of discovery.

This omission revealed so much of the integrity and truthfulness of some manufacturing companies. CPSP relied heavily on these manufacturers’ proper reporting to prevent further injuries.

However, if you were one of those victimized by these irresponsible manufacturers, you can always count on defective product lawyers. They can help you claim for damages on your child’s injuries and punish unscrupulous manufacturers.