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Florida tainted toy settlement a reminder of dangerous, defective products during holidays

The State of Florida is set to receive $587,000 as part of a multi-state settlement with toy maker Mattel Inc. and its subsidiary Fisher-Price Inc. after allegedly producing toys with unacceptably high levels of lead paint.

The holidays are a time when we all bring new purchases into our homes. The defective product attorneys and product liability lawyers at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, want to remind you that companies have a duty to ensure that the products they market to consumers are free from defects that could cause serious injury or death.

Yet each year it is estimated more than 33 million people are injured by defective products at a cost to the economy of more than 800 billion.

In this instance, August 2007 to October 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 2 million of the company’s toys, alleging they contained excessive levels of lead in accessible surface coatings.

Excessive levels of lead may cause a variety of health problems, from learning disabilities and behavioral problems, to seizures and death, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The agreement reached by the Attorney General requires better standards for accessible lead and applies to toys manufactured by the company after Nov. 30, 2008.

If you suspect someone you know has been injured by a defective product, there may be steps you can take to help protect your rights. Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, has been representing people in product liability cases throughout Southwest Florida for four decades and offers free appointments to discuss your case at any of its offices in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, Sebring and Venice.