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Recalls pose threat of injury

Texas consumers routinely run the risk of purchasing a defective product. However, when a considerable number of products of a given make and model are defective, a recall may be in order. Recent recalls include Rollerblade inline skates, heated gloves, lacrosse throat protectors and mountain climbing rescue devices. The inline skates have been reported to have skate boots that detach from the skate body, the heated gloves have been reported to overheat and the STX lacrosse throat protectors can break when hit with a lacrosse ball, causing bruising and lacerations. The rescue devices have a pull cord lock cam that can fail, increasing the risk of injury and death in attempted rescues.

In many cases, no incidents have been reported, and it is unclear how companies came to know about the issues. However, the STX throat protectors have been implicated in an incident when a user was hit with a lacrosse ball, which caused the guard to split and cause bruising and lacerations.

For these companies and others, reaching all consumers of affected products can be difficult as some have been sold since 2010. Most companies advise customers to contact them via phone or e-mail to receive instructions on how to bring in products for replacement, repair or reimbursement.

For those who have been injured by a product with known safety issues, it's important to understand courses of action available. Some injured people choose to pursue a settlement, especially if medical costs, lost wages or other consequences make convalescence financially difficult. A lawyer with experience in personal injury law may be of help when one is deciding options in the wake of an injury caused by a defective product.

Source: ABC, "Recalls This Week: Inline Skates, Heated Gloves", February 28, 2014

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