(PRWEB) March 20, 2015
Despite the constant barrage of product recalls and safety notices from consumer products’ companies, more than half (57 percent) of Americans fail to register their new products to ensure they are informed on such issues, a new survey* of 1,011 U.S. adults reveals.
This information “gap” helps explain why a Chicago attorney just launched a free consumer safety information resource that provides fact-filled videos in a mini-documentary style to foster awareness of dangerous products and communicate product safety tips.
The Legal News Network (LNN) website (http://www.legalnewsnetwork.com) covers topics ranging from the safe use of car seats, cribs and toys to the dangers of imported drugs, swimming pools and e-cigarettes. The videos feature interviews with product safety and medical experts from across the country about injury prevention.
LNN is the brainchild of Ken Moll, a lawyer who during his 26-year career has represented clients in a number of successful high-profile mass tort and class action suits against some of the largest consumer product companies in the world, such as Bayer, Firestone, Ford, Pfizer and Sara Lee.
“Many of these cases prompted change – recalls were made, unsafe products banned and laws revised, all of which resulted in saving lives and preventing future injuries,” said Moll. “Based on this experience and knowledge, we formed Legal News Network as a public service for consumers, a go-to source to further inform and protect them from products and environments that could be dangerous – and deadly.”
The four- to six-minute videos are produced like news features with a host, guest interviews and engaging video footage. For example, a video on car seat safety includes an interview with a certified child passenger technician from a St. Louis hospital and a demonstration of proper seat installation by a Phoenix paramedic. The segment on imported drugs includes commentary from a former FDA medical officer.
The findings of the new poll, commissioned by Moll Law Group, highlight the need for such consumer information, according to Moll.
“While it is encouraging to learn that the survey shows 59 percent of Americans usually monitor the news for product recall announcements, it is disappointing that less than half, 43 percent, register new products with the manufacturer. Doing so can ensure you receive a recall or safety notice if issued,” he said.
“It’s quite unfortunate that a significant number, 26 percent, do neither,” Moll added. “What’s alarming is how prevalent this is among young adults, as 35 percent of respondents aged between 18 and 34 usually do not engage in either practice.”
The poll also asked consumers to name the top three kinds of products that concern them the most in terms of safety. Ranked first equally were automobiles and prescription and over the counter drugs (each cited by 65 percent of respondents), followed by food (55 percent), baby products and furniture (25 percent) and home appliances (23 percent).
“Our goal is to address such concerns and bring awareness of defective and dangerous products to consumers in an informative and entertaining way,” Moll said. “We hope viewers will further spread these safety messages with family and friends. By working together, we can make this a safer world.”
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*The Moll Law Group poll results are based on the responses of 1,011 adults, ages 18 and older and living in the United States, who participated in a telephone survey March 12-15, 2015. The sample is weighted to represent the demographics of the U.S. population.
About Moll Law Group
Chicago-based Moll Law Group represents people around the nation who were severely injured, and families who have lost a loved one, due to defective products, dangerous prescription drugs, faulty medical devices or unsafe vehicles. The firm works with leading product safety professionals, medical experts and attorneys to assist in both the representation of clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation and in development of injury prevention information for all consumers.