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Three Potentially Dangerous Holiday Gifts

Are you looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? There is no shortage of ideas out there, but there are a few products you may want to know more about before making your purchase. On this blog, we examine three gift ideas and discuss what you should know before giving them to a loved one.

The Latest Cell Phones

Samsung has been in some pretty hot water lately after the lithium-polymer batteries in their Galaxy Note 7 model have been reported to overheat, catch fire, and even explode on multiple occasions. The issue has led to Samsung issuing a full recall on the devices. Samsung recently also issued a statement that they would permanently shut down all of the devices with an over-the-air update within the next few days to get all of the potentially dangerous units out of the hands of consumers.

The iPhone 6S has also been no stranger to battery issues, as several users have been frustrated by unexpected shutdowns and heat issues due to their permanently-installed lithium-polymer battery.

Quadcopter Drone

The drone industry has taken off like wildfire, estimated to now be worth multiple billions of dollars annually. If you’ve been to any sort of a retail store, you’ve likely seen a drone of some sort available for sale, ranging from small toy machines to deluxe professional photography aircraft. The injury risk of these devices should be apparent: four propellers spinning at a high rate of speed can cause serious injury if it strikes someone.

The FAA requires that all pilots who fly a drone over 250 grams (roughly half a pound) to register for a nominal fee, and you must be at least 16 years old to do so. If you do plan on getting a drone for a loved one, be sure to follow all federal and local laws, stay away from airports, and never fly around people who the drone may accidentally strike and injure.

New Car

No doubt you have likely been bombarded by numerous holiday car commercials promoting the latest and greatest deals on new vehicles. These will continue to be popular gifts every year, but this year has been a struggle for Ford. The American automaker was recently forced to recall more than 680,000 cars due to an issue that could cause the seatbelt to fail. The recall comes at a terrible time, as the bad publicity will likely have a significant impact on brand sales over this busy car buying time.

If you or a loved one is injured as a result of a defective product this holiday season, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Sico, Hoelscher, Harris & Braugh, LLP may be able to assist you. Our team of attorneys can offer you an approach that combines close, personalized service with extensive legal knowledge. We have obtained substantial success with this unique and aggressive style of litigation, including several landmark lawsuit victories all across the nation and millions of dollars in awards for our clients.

To schedule your free consultation, call Sico, Hoelscher, Harris & Braugh, LLP today at (877) 631-9965.

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