If you are an Illinois parent with young children, you probably have one or more sippy cups or water bottles that they use. Check the brand of these products, as any manufactured by Green Sprouts could be part of a recall that alleges a possible lead poisoning risk.
Products involved in the November 2022 recall
The voluntary recall involves Green Sprouts’ 6-ounce stainless steel sippy cups, its sip and straw cups and its 8-ounce stainless steel straw bottle. According to the U.S Consumer Products Safety Commission, about 10,500 items sold at Whole Foods and Bed, Bath & Beyond are part of the recall, as the bottom base of these items can break off to expose a solder dot that contains lead. That defect poses a potential product liability issue if children ingest the toxic metal after the base breaks. The CPSC has reported seven cups breaking in this manner, although no injuries occurred.
Green Sprouts voluntarily recalled the items after learning of the defect. The company indicated that a third-party lab did not perform testing of this item component because that portion of the products is inaccessible under normal usage. The affected products sold between January 2020 and September 2022 have the tracking codes 29218V06985, 35719V06985, and 33020V06985. Lead is harmful to everyone but particularly to children, because of its non-biodegradable nature.
Injuries can occur before product recalls
Although Green Sprouts has shown some responsibility in voluntarily recalling its items, many injuries resulting from defective products occur well before required or voluntary recalls. Manufacturing companies have a responsibility toward their customers to make items that will not harm their customers. Some injuries are more obvious than others, but whenever one occurs, it’s generally the result of negligence on the company’s part.
If you or anyone in your family have sustained an injury or a medical problem resulting from a defective product, you might be eligible to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or retailer. A successful lawsuit could provide you with funds to pay for medical treatments and any pain and suffering you may have endured.