11 injures tied to recalled tool chest

Many Nashville residents are fans of DIY work around their homes, and trust that the tools and accessories they purchase to help them complete these projects are safe. However, sometimes these products can suffer from a manufacturing or design defect that makes them dangerous to use or keep near the home. When this happens, a recall is often issued to correct the problem and prevent injuries from occurring.

Eleven injuries have been reported relating to a tool chest, two of which were cuts serious enough to require stitches. The issue with these stainless steel chests is the sharp edges they contain along the inside of the door. Reports do not indicate the possible causes of this defect, and do not speculate on whether it could be due to a design flaw or shoddy manufacturing practices.

The products are manufactured by Whalen and sold at Costco, with an estimated 20,000 units in circulation. There is little information provided regarding a remedy for the defect; consumers in possession of this product are simply asked to contact Whalen via a phone number or their website to gain information on the recall. It does not appear that Costco is part of these remediation efforts.

Product recalls can be issued for a number of reasons, including reported injuries to consumers. When such injuries are serious, those impacted by the defects may choose to seek compensation for their financial losses by filing civil litigation against the negligent manufacturer. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of a product that contained a design or manufacturing defect, you may find it beneficial to consult with an attorney.

Source: The Denver Post, "Recently Recalled: Whalen tool chest, J.P. Boden pajamas," Apr. 14, 2014.  

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