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Are there defective products in your home?

Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announces hundreds of recalls concerning thousands of defective products here in the U.S. However, despite these efforts and the 24-hour news cycle that has now become the norm thanks to the Internet and social media, a large number of these defective -- and frequently very dangerous -- products can still be found in homes.

Indeed, statistics show that it's not unheard of for less than 5 percent of the defective products recalled by the CPSC in a given year to actually be repaired or returned for a refund.

"We know most recalled products, no matter how dangerous, remain in homes," said the executive director of one consumer safety group.

While it remains unclear whether consumers are simply failing to pay attention to the CPSC recall notices, consciously choosing to ignore them or some combination of the two, the problem doesn't seem to be going away.

In fact, the CPSC indicates that the problem of dangerous and defective products remaining in circulation has only worsened thanks to yard sales and, of course, online auction sites.

In light of this reality, CPSC officials are now asking anyone looking to sell goods on the secondhand marketplace to ensure that the products they are offering weren't subject to a recall in the past. This simple vigilance, they argue, can go a long way toward protecting unwitting consumers.

In an attempt to get the word out about dangerous or defective products, the CPSC has also identified seven recalled items which it believes are still present in U.S. homes in large numbers -- perhaps in the millions -- across the nation.

  1. Dehumidifiers -- over 2.5 million dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances were recalled for a fire hazard in 2013 and 2014.
  2. Nap Nanny -- an infant recliner linked to at least six fatalities and a product parents are urged to get rid of as soon as possible.
  3. Simplicity cribs and bassinets -- recalled after products were linked to over a dozen infant fatalities. 
  4. Maclaren strollers -- over a million strollers were recalled from 1999 to 2009 over reports that exposed hinges were causing fingertip amputations.
  5. Blair Chenille robes -- hundreds of thousands of robes made by catalog retailer were recalled over flammability concerns and were linked to nine deaths.
  6. Buckyballs/Buckycubes -- popular high-powered magnetic toy magnets recalled due to swallowing hazard posed to small children.
  7. Lane cedar chest -- popular furniture item first recalled in 1996 and attributed to multiple child suffocations, including two this year.

It's important for those people who have been victimized by a dangerous or defective household product to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about their options for pursuing justice.

Source: Daily Finance, "7 dangerous recalled products you may have in your home," Mitch Lipka, July 28, 2014

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