More than 82,000 construction hard hats have been recalled for failing to protect individuals from impact injuries to the head. Although the recalled hard hats are manufactured outside of the United States, Honeywell Safety Products USA Inc. imports them and is voluntarily complying with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) recall.
It should come as no surprise that the main function of a hard hat is to protect its wearer from a variety of head traumas and injuries. Individuals who work in the construction and/or general industries are particularly at risk for these types of injuries, so adequate protection is not only important, but often lifesaving. Although no injuries have been reported at this point in time, the risk to consumers is potentially catastrophic.
Some common injuries that effective hard hats protect against include:
The CPSC’s recall includes two models of hard hats: the North Peak A79 and the Fibre-Metal E2. The recalled models were sold through certain industrial protection equipment suppliers, Amazon.com, and other websites from April 2016 to January 2018. They ranged from $7-$21. Consumers who own a recalled model should immediately discontinue use and contact the importer. Honeywell has agreed to credit consumers or provide vouchers of equal financial value.
It is the legal responsibility of product manufacturers – as well as product importers – to create and ship safe, reliable and compliant products. Because the risks associated with Honeywell’s defective hard hats are so severe for users, the CPSC has activated its fast track recall process, which prioritizes getting dangerous products off the shelves – and out of the hands (or in this case off the heads) of consumers – as quickly as possible. If you have any additional questions about the CPSC’s consumer recall or about an injury you sustained due to a product defect, please contact a representative at our firm.
If you sustained injuries because of a defective or dangerous product, please contact our Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger. With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.