Monday, August 3, 2009

Swing Set Recalled for Lack of Assembly Instructions

A product must not come out in public unless it has been tested as safe to use. Tests for safety should be made especially if it is intended for children.

Moreover, whenever a defect has been found to exist in certain products, the same should be recalled immediately. Recall should be made without waiting for any report of injury.

Recently, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 1,950 Little Tikes Clubhouse Swing Set because it did not include assembly directions for its seat harness.

Consumers were ordered to stop using the recalled swing sets until they have obtained and read the assembly instructions for its harness by accessing the manufacturer’s website.

In this case, the product was not really defective. The defect, if there was, lies on the non-inclusion of its assembly instructions in the set. Recalling the swing set might be a harsh consequence but the product was complicated to begin with that instruction on how to set up must be at hand during the assembly process.

It is a good thing no children were reportedly injured. However, should someone appear to have been injured, a product liability case may be filed against the swing manufacturer. A damage suit may be pursued through the assistance of a personal injury attorney.