An 8-year-old Savannah boy was seriously burned Easter morning when toy snap-caps exploded in his pocket. His mother, Mary Landers, is now speaking out on Savannah Morning News so other parents may avoid this dangerous product, often marketed to children.
Mrs. Landers believed she had taken all necessary precautions when she allowed her 8-year-old son, Ty, to use snap caps. "I was focused on my son not pointing the cap gun at anyone, not using it indoors and the like. I had no idea the caps could ignite in his pocket."
"When I was a kid, caps came in a paper roll. My brothers and I would buy them occasionally for the joy of smashing them with a hammer and hearing them pop. The wilder neighborhood kids would smash a whole roll at once. The caps Ty had, since they were encased in plastic, seemed safer. Obviously, they're not."
On Easter morning Ty placed the plastic rings containing small, pea-sized snap caps in his pocket and moved from the couch to the floor. The simple movement caused one cap to burst. The other rings immediately ignited, melting the plastic and burning a hole through his pants. In just 20 seconds Ty had suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
According to Mrs. Landers, the warnings on the snap cap package read as follows:
1. Treat every gun with the respect due to a loaded gun.
2. Unload guns when not in use.
3. Never point or shoot your gun at anyone, loaded or unloaded.
4. Store guns and ammunition separately.
5. Hold gun at arms length when firing.
"Caution, not recommended for children under 8 years old."
Underneath all of these warnings, "Do not put caps in pockets," finally appears in a small font hidden by the plastic cap frame.
Mrs. Landers is worried for other children and parents who may miss this same warning. "I'm not sure, even if I had noticed that last warning, which I didn't before Ty got burned, that I would've made the jump to the fact they they could ignite and cause serious burns in his pocket."
Attorneys at The Murray Law Firm agree with Mrs. Landers and are questioning what the snap cap manufacturer is doing to improve product warnings for parents and the young children they market to.
- Unfortunately, this incident is not isolated. Numerous children have suffered serious burns and injuries from simply handling snap caps. What safety measures did the manufacturer of these snap caps take to improve product safety and warning labels after the previous injuries occurred?
- Are the warning labels on all of this manufacturer's snap cap packages obscured or did the Landers family receive a defective product? If the product was defective, what efforts are being made by the manufacturer to recall the mislabeled snap caps?
Should the manufacturer of these snap caps be found liable in the serious injuries of Ty Landers, his parents may elect to hold the company civilly liable. Such a substantial claim would call on all snap cap manufacturers to improve product safety and labeling. As a products liability claim is dependent on the facts surrounding the incident, it is imperative that an experienced attorney be retained without delay so as to ensure that all evidence connected to the accident is preserved. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in product liability cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
Anyone seeking further information on this incident is encouraged to contact us at 888-842-1616 or locally at 912-385-9690.