Sure, when you buy a Christmas gift for your loved ones and family members, you only have good intentions.
But thousands of Americans end up being injured or even dead after using products that they receive for Christmas every year.
That’s why our product liability attorneys encourage California residents to think twice before purchasing the following products and, if you care about your loved ones’ safety, even eliminate them from your gift-giving list.
You may think that children’s toys wouldn’t be on that list, but we actually consider them the most common potentially hazardous gift during the holidays.
In recent years, the U.S. has banned and recalled millions of toys that were proven dangerous and hazardous to kids (or even had documented cases of injuries and fatalities).
It’s critical to do your research prior to purchasing a toy for a Christmas gift: consider factors such as age restrictions and hazardous components that may cause injuries. For example, a toy too small may lead to choking, if it features pull strings, it may cause strangulation, and sharp ends on a toy may cause cuts.
If you have doubts about a certain toy, do not buy it as a Christmas gift.
Remote control drones are a huge trend in California and all across the U.S. nowadays. In fact, some estimate that on Christmas alone, hundreds of thousands of drones will be wrapped as gifts.
However, our California product liability attorneys at Mancini & Associates warn that radio-controlled drones are a very dangerous Christmas gift idea.
In fact, there have been quite a few reports of drones catching fire, exploding, and colliding with humans, all of which cause injuries and may even lead to death.
Probably the worst gift idea for Christmas due to the risk of hoverboard explosions. Even though it may be tempting to buy this cool and trendy piece of equipment for your kid or teenager, we advise you to pass on that trend (at least until manufacturers address all safety concerns surrounding hoverboards).
There have been hundreds of documented cases of hoverboards catching fire due to battery overheating.
Probably the most popular Christmas gift idea nowadays.
Most families buy new phones for their children every single year (you have to catch up with Apple and Samsung, right?), but did you know that even cellphone giant Samsung had to recall thousands of its phones in 2016, causing the company over $17 billion in lost revenue?
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and many other phones of other manufacturers have been banned from airplanes worldwide – and for a good reason. Samsung or Apple may not put this in their marketing campaigns, but smartphones do explode and catch fire.
You’ve probably noticed that your phone tends to overheat sometimes. Well, this is the core cause of batteries catching fire and causing injuries and even deaths to users around the world.
While this is rare, you never know which smartphone will get you or your loved ones, who received it as a Christmas gift, hospitalized.
If a Christmas gift that you gave or received has caused injuries – or worse, death – hire a product liability lawyer to consider your best legal options about filing a product liability claim and seeking compensation for your injuries and damages.