An eight-year-old boy recently lost his hand due to recalled fireworks.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an eight-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy found a broken end of a Talon rocket firework. They lit the firework and were injured, resulting in the eight-year-old losing his hand.
The fireworks were overloaded with pyrotechnics resulting in a larger-than-expected explosion. These explosions caused injury and posed hazard to consumers. On June 26, 2019, approximately 25,000 units of fireworks were recalled.
The majority of firework injuries are due to user error. Meaning, the consumer uses the product in a way other than its intended purpose or did not follow the instructions. Manufacturing defects can greatly increase the likelihood of firework injury.
The CPSC firework injury report for 2017 estimated that 12,900 injuries were sustained due to firework accidents or malfunctions, that were severe enough to require emergency room treatment.
In the case of this recall, the manufacturer violated the federal regulatory standards by overloading the fireworks with pyrotechnics which caused large explosions.
What are your legal rights?
When firework malfunction occurs, victims may recover damages from the manufacturer, importer and local retail seller. All of these parties have a duty to ensure that their products are well functioning and thus may be liable for defective products.
It may be in your best interest to seek legal guidance if you have suffered an injury due to a defective or recalled product.
In this recall, customers are advised to bring the recalled fireworks back to the retailer for a full refund.