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Three Potentially Dangerous Holiday Gifts

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 12, 2021

Every holiday season is filled with hot gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to the face of whoever you give it to. This year is no exception, but there are a few gift ideas that have undergone some scrutiny due to potentially dangerous tendencies or manufacturing defects. On this blog, we examine three potentially dangerous gift ideas and why you should think carefully before purchasing them.

New Car

If you’re looking to put a down payment on a new car for a loved one, you should be sure to do your research, and think carefully about your choice. This is particularly true for Ford who have recently recalled over 680,000 vehicles for a seatbelt defect. This has led to a lot of bad publicity for the American automaker, who also makes the Lincoln brand. This has had a pretty large impact on sales, as the recall was issued right in the middle of what is otherwise a fairly busy car-buying time of the year.

Remote Control Drone

Drones are now a multi-billion dollar business with applications ranging from search-and-rescue to agriculture to emergency response. Photography or videography drones are one of the hottest consumer gifts and one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country, but you should be sure you know what you’re giving. Four spinning propellers are extremely dangerous, and can cause serious injury for young children, pets, or even innocent bystanders in the event of a crash. It is strongly advised that if you plan on giving one of these gifts, be sure it is given to an adult or older child who understands the dangers associated with flying their drone, and can take the proper precautionary procedures. Also, be sure you follow all local and federal laws regarding drone operation, including registering with the FAA.

The Latest Cell Phone

Cell-phone giant Samsung has not had the best of years on the publicity front. Their most recent flagship model, the Galaxy Note 7, was recently completely recalled due to a manufacturing defect that would cause the battery to overheat, melt, catch fire, and even explode in certain cases. The devices have since been banned from airplanes, and Samsung is now planning to make the devices entirely inoperable within the next few days in an effort to get all of the dangerous units out of the hands of consumers.

If you or a loved one sustains an injury as a result of a defective product, do not hesitate to contact a skilled Altoona product liability attorney as soon as possible. When it comes to quality representation in Pennsylvania, the reputable team at Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith are a top choice thanks to their extensive history of successful cases and superior client service.

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