Defective Boats and Pool Toys: Summer Products that Could Cause Harm

It’s summertime which means fun in the sun, splashing around, and cooling off in Northbrook pools and Lake Michigan. Inflatable boats and pool toys are popular choices for making water activities even more fun. However, defective inflatables can pose serious safety hazards. Here are some tips on what to watch out for with inflatable boats and pool toys and how to best prevent injuries.

If you have been injured while using a defective boat or pool toy, contact our experienced product liability attorneys for help. 

How are Inflatable Boats Dangerous?

You wouldn’t think that a blow-up boat could be dangerous but unfortunately, they can be. A common issue with inflatable boats is the sudden deflation due to punctures, seam failures, or defective valves. Rapid deflation can leave passengers stranded or cause the boat to capsize, posing a drowning risk.

Another problem is insufficient buoyancy. If the boat has defective materials or is poorly made it may not be able to stay adequately afloat, especially if it is overloaded. This can lead to sinking or instability in the water.

Poorly made inflatable boats may have weak points that can tear under stress, leading to loss of structural integrity. This can occur during normal use or in challenging water conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.

What to Do to Prevent Injuries from Inflatable Boats

There are several steps you can take to lessen the risks associated with defective inflatable boats. You should always inspect the boat before each use, checking for any signs of wear, punctures, or faulty seams. Check that all valves are functioning correctly and that there are no leaks.

Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on weight limits, inflation levels, and usage conditions. Overloading the boat or using it in inappropriate conditions can make any existing defects worse.

Make sure to buy inflatable boats from well-known, reputable manufacturers that follow safety standards. Read reviews and check for safety certifications to ensure quality.  Keep up-to-date with recall notices and safety alerts related to inflatable boats. Act on any recalls promptly by repairing or replacing defective products.

Pool Toy Risks

Any toy or device you are using in the water has to be inspected carefully before every use. Like inflatable boats, pool toys can quickly deflate if they are punctured or have faulty seals. This can justifiably cause panic and increase the risk of drowning, especially for young children.

Small parts that detach from pool toys can pose choking hazards. Poorly made toys might have pieces that break off easily, endangering children. Some pool toys may be made from materials that contain harmful chemicals. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause skin irritation or more serious health issues.

Check pool toys for any signs of damage or wear before allowing children to use them. Get rid of any toys that show signs of potential failure. Always supervise children when they are playing with pool toys. Even seemingly harmless toys can become dangerous if they malfunction or break apart. Buy pool toys from known brands you can trust to follow safety standards. And look for products that have been tested and certified for safety.

Call Our Northbrook Product Liability Attorneys with Questions About Summer Product Injuries

Ideally, the worst thing that happens in summertime is mosquito bites and sunburn. If despite taking precautions, you or a loved one suffers an injury because of a defective boat or pool toy, you may have some legal options. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of Stein & Shulman LLC to assess the strength of your case.