Who Is The Most Affected By Product Injuries?

Are you wondering who would be affected most by product defects? My name is David Salazar of the Safety Guardians. We have this blog, a Facebook group and a YouTube channel. People ask me this question a lot. And I wanted to share with you who that is.


Kids and babies

Let me give you a hint: Kids. Children, infants even, are disproportionately more often affected than adults are. And the reason why is that kids have no knowledge of the actual dangers that are happening around them or the potential dangers that are present. I’m going to give you an example of what I mean.


Lead paint on toys

Let’s say that a child is playing with a toy… There is tons of data out there that shows that a lot of Chinese-made toys have been painted with lead paint. These kids play with the toys. They put them in their mouths.

They don’t know any better because they have no idea what lead means, much less that there’s lead in the paint on the toy they’re chewing on. These are kids. Kids are going to do what kids do. And this is just something that happens. And they’re disproportionately affected in a way that’s almost unfair.


Why infants are especially vulnerable

I’m an attorney based in Houston, Texas. And I want to delve into this a little bit more. Here’s a different way to look at it. Let’s talk about infants first. Infants have no idea what they’re doing. They can’t even walk. Sometimes they’re struggling to crawl. They can’t even turn over most of the time.

Right now, I have an 8-month-old nephew who is my life. I see him often. He is just learning what the world is right now. And every little sound, every little thing, he notices and he’s observing. That’s just what he does. That being said, when we put him into his rocker or into his cradle, you don’t realize that there are hidden dangers that the kids have no idea about.


Tip over hazards

So whenever he gets curious and starts to stand and lean over, a lot of these things are prone to tipping over. And you don’t realize it. There are so many recalls out there on child products and child furniture that most adults aren’t even aware of.

So if the adults aren’t even aware of them, how are they going to be able to make sure that their kids are safe? People have asked me this question time and time again: Who is most affected? Adults are affected by recalls and by product manufacturer defects and things that are just malfunctioning.

However, children are the ones who tend to have the worst injuries. And the reason why is because they have no idea what a recall is or what a defect is. So whenever they’re leaning over in a cradle and the cradle tips over, they’re in trouble. I want to make sure you guys know about this stuff.


More dangers

Those dangers are also ever present from baby bottles. The plastic is too thin, so it melts too easily. Did you know that? There are so many dangers out there regarding children’s products. It’s unbelievable. Children’s toys are another hazard. Small items basically can get pulled off and turn into choking hazards for children.


If you have questions

If you have a question about something, if your child has been injured, or even if you’ve been injured because of a recall or a malfunction or a defect, let me know. I can guide you through that and let you know if there was an actual recall on this thing. Or if there wasn’t a recall, if there should have been one.

That happens a lot. Often, there’s something that should have been recalled but it wasn’t. And you’d be shocked how many times this happens. Please, if you have any questions, let me know.

I love giving you guys some insights on this stuff. I try to help in any way I can, and I look forward to hearing from you. Again, my name is David Salazar, and I’m an attorney in Houston, Texas. I look forward to talking to you soon.