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When will the product recalls stop? This time, baby sling carriers are in question.

First it was kids’ toys, then jewelry and now, baby slings. What is the world coming to with all the dangerous products on the market lately? It isn’t just kids’ products either. Witness the massive recalls of blinds that are known to strangle children, cars that suddenly accelerate for no reason and cause accidents and death, Blue Bird school buses with wiring harness problems and All Tom’s BBQ potato chips for the risk of salmonella.

The latest flap involves two baby slings made by Infantino in San Diego, California. Although, this may be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to baby slings in general. “These sling style carriers were recalled after three babies suffocated in them, prompting a massive recall of over 1 million slings,” outlined Stephen M. Ozcomert, who handles personal injury cases, accidents, and malpractice law in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Just when you thought you were going in for routine dental work or a simple day surgery, you are issued a Fentanyl (Duragesic) patch for pain and either suffer drastic side effects or overdose and die.

Modern medical science has advanced at light speed over the years and when pain patches were introduced to the market, there were cheers from pain sufferers the world over.

Much like the idea behind the stop smoking patches, Fentanyl patches are loaded with a powerful pain killer that is supposed to be dispersed in the body in a controlled manner. This doesn’t always happen and the results have the potential to be deadly.

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The last thing one would think of causing serious personal injuries is a laptop computer. Nonetheless, a defective product is a defective product, no matter what it happens to be.

Every year thousands of Americans buy products that cause them personal injuries. Every year there are also thousands of product recalls for a variety of glitches ranging from annoying to capable of causing severe harm or death.

The last thing consumers expect when they buy a product is that it will harm them, and the last thing they also expect is that a company they rely on would ever put out a faulty product. “Unfortunately, this happens a great deal with everything from medical devices to baby car seats,” explained Georgia super lawyer Stephen M. Ozcomert of Atlanta.

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Guidant had an idea to develop an implantable cardiac defibrillator that captured the world by storm, but ended up in a nasty recall of 7 models of their medical product.

Guidant, who is now under the wing of Boston Scientific, took off like a rocket when they first brought out their implantable cardiac defibrillators. When they started to fail and the products were recalled, the company took a nose dive in public confidence, not to mention it became the target of widespread lawsuits for marketing defective medical products.

Guidant began life as a small company in 1972 and was successful enough that Eli Lilly bought them out in 1978. Their specialty was finely crafted cardiac defibrillators, and they continued making them without a problem until 2005 when there were 26 reported cases of their product failing. Rumors abounded that the company had known about the problem prior to 2005 yet did nothing about it.

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Americans are famous for shopping until they drop and buying the very latest fad, product or technical gadget on the market. “Not many shoppers realize they may be a victim of a defective or dangerous product,” said 2009 Georgia Super Lawyer, Stephen M. Ozcomert, P.C. of Atlanta, Georgia.

Defective or dangerous product accidents are far more common that we would like to think, which likely isn’t too surprising considering the way many of them are made these days. It reminds one of the old saying, “They sure don’t make things like they used to make them.” And indeed, manufacturers do not make products to the same standards of care that they once used to pride themselves on. More to the point, many of the products Americans buy today are not even made in the United States.

This may come as a shock to many consumers, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission actually gets hit with over 10,000 complaints (representing roughly 29 million injuries) every year, regarding defective products. “That is a staggering number and does not include the deaths directly caused by defective or dangerous products, a number that hovers just a bit over 22,000,” indicated Ozcomert.

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Warning labels are on products for a good reason. Problem is a lot of people don’t read them, and in some cases they’re not adequate.

You may remember at one point reading a funny warning label that said something like “Don’t operate hairdryer while having a shower.” Or one of the better ones floating around on the Internet says of the product – a mattress no less – “Warning: do not attempt to swallow.”

While it’s hard to imagine anyone trying to swallow a mattress, the fact that the warning label states that indicates the manufacturers are trying to make sure they don’t get sued for the eventuality. That’s the main reason for warning labels – to avoid lawsuits if something goes wrong with the product.