Garlic Slicer Recall May Lead to Legal Woes

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The Pampered Chef has issued a recall for a series of garlic slicers. But although the recall is voluntary, injury attorney Michael Steinger warns that consumers may have already been injured – and that lawsuits may be on the way.

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It's always good when a company identifies its own mistakes and works to limit injuries by announcing a voluntary recall.

Tools from the Pampered Chef are considered to be high-end kitchen products, but the gourmet manufacturer has issued a recall for one of its garlic slicers. Blades on the bottom of the slicer can sometimes come loose and represent a potential safety hazard, according to company spokespersons. Consumer product and injury lawyer Michael Steinger says the recall may not prevent lawsuits against the company.

The recall was announced as a voluntary initiative by the Pampered Chef, and affects units sold between January 2009 and July 2011. Units sold since then have a different blade design and are not subject to the design flaw.

“It's always good when a company identifies its own mistakes and works to limit injuries by announcing a voluntary recall,” said Steinger, who works extensively on issues of flawed consumer products and the injuries they cause. “However, in more than 4 years it's quite possible that someone has already been injured by the loose blades. It's possible that the recall will bring such cases to light and lead to a law suit.”

Steinger says that when consumers are injured, they often don't want to come forward right away.

“If you're injured by a malfunctioning tool, it's easy for people to say you did something wrong. They blame the victim,” Steinger said. “Once the company admits there was a design flaw, it's much more likely that victims will come forward.”

“Lawsuits are vital to helping victims receive compensation for the injuries they suffered,” Steinger says.

“If a person had high hospital bills or couldn't work because of a faulty appliance, they shouldn't have to pay out of pocket. Anyone injured by an unsafe product deserves compensation.”

About Michael Steinger:

West Palm Beach car accident lawyer Michael Steinger is a dedicated victim advocate. Co-founder of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene, his firm maintains a strict promise only to work on behalf of victims and never big businesses. He can be contacted at:

Steinger, Iscoe and Greene
1645 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
Ninth Floor
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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