What Type of Product Causes the Most Injuries Due to Defects?

Have you ever wondered what type of product causes the most injuries due to a defect? I get asked this question all the time. My name is David Salazar and I’m an attorney based in Houston, Texas. And I help people with these types of things.

We have a group here called the Safety Guardians and we try to help any consumer out there who thinks they may have been seriously injured by a product or some kind of recall or defective design. So the answer to that question is not as simple as you would think. Generally speaking, there are three categories in which the most injuries from product defects happen.


Children’s toys and products

The first one is children’s toys as well as appliances and furniture. It’s all lumped into one category. And they said that last year alone, over 265,000 children were severely injured because of a recall or a defect of some kind.


Medical devices

The second one, which is extremely common and has been litigated is medical devices. Pretty much every single time something like this comes out, it’s been litigated successfully, meaning that there has been some kind of defect.


Medical devices include all kinds of things: a hip replacement, a knee replacement, a power morcellator, or a shoulder replacement. Every single medical device out there has been recalled. Or let me rephrase that. They have not all been recalled. But every single one of them has had some kind of minor defect or something that has been litigated successfully.


Why medical devices are problematic

For the most part, these things have some kind of tweak in them because usually they get fast tracked and put on the market quickly. There hasn’t been enough data to see how they produce over the years. I’ll give you an example.

IVC filters are extremely common right now. And they’re involved in one of the largest litigations out there in the world at this time. Transvaginal mesh and hernia mesh are medical devices. It’s a stretchy plastic that basically goes inside of you in your abdominal area. And that’s been litigated as well. There are hundreds of thousands of those cases right now.



And the third general area is automobiles. Automobiles probably have 200 recalls a year within the industry itself. Those recalls can be very minor to very major. A lot of them are due to problems causing fires, and a lot of the defects are causing the cars to malfunction on the road as they’re driving.


So these things are prone to causing serious injuries because they mean that you can crash while you’re on the road. There was even one malfunction recently, I think it was in the past two years, where the car was prone to actually turning off mid-drive. Think about that. If you’re on a highway going 80 miles an hour and the car turns off, that’s a nightmare.


The most injuries

So these are the three general areas–children’s products, medical devices, and automobiles. It’s hard to define which area has the most injuries. If you’re going to talk about the most severe injuries, it’s probably going to be either automobiles or medical devices. If you’re going to talk about the most common, it’s probably going to be baby products. It’s kind of a three-headed monster so to speak.



If you have questions

If you have any questions, ask away. My name is David Salazar. We are the Safety Guardians. We give you advice and some insights and a heads up on things that you have in your house and where you may have no idea that there’s a recall on it and that it’s extremely dangerous. So please keep this in mind.

If you have been severely injured in some way and you think it’s because of a product that had a defect or a recall, hit me up and we can talk about it. I will take a look at it and I will let you know. We have an exhaustive list of recalls at our disposal and we’ll see if there’s something there.

Then again, you may be a pioneer when it comes to that product in that you are the first person to call it out and say, “Hey, this is dangerous. Something needs to be done about that.” I’d love to talk to you. Let me know what you think.