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Recall issued over kids' animated lamps

As California residents know, it is always difficult when product defects pose a serious risk to our health; however, it is even more concerning when these items are intended for our children. In recent news, the placement of internal wires on a lamp made for kids can cause electrical short-circuiting and sparking. As a result, the lamps serve as a dangerous fire hazard to consumers. The defective product has resulted in nearly a dozen safety reports.

Parents should check to see if their children are using the Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps, which feature rotating films with marine or safari pictures. The words "Discovery Kids" are printed on the front and left corner of the product.

Sources say that there have been 11 safety reports. In three, the lamps caught fire and led to property damage. Thankfully, no injuries occurred; though, it is important to take precautionary steps.

Model numbers can be found on stickers placed underneath the lamps and on the bottom of the packaging.

It's scary to think that there are 300,000 of those lamps out there in our homes. Furthermore, these lamps are in our children's rooms. Hopefully, the manufacturer will work to correct any errors in the creation of these products.

This story serves a great reminder: If you have been injured or harmed from a product defect, you do have legal options. Our law permits recovery for product defects. Manufacturers can be held liable for careless manufacturing errors. If a design, manufacturing or warning defect caused you an injury, you may want to consider your rights of recovery.

Source: The Washington Post, "Product recall: lamps," July 3, 2012

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