March 20, 2008
USA Today reported that Reebok will pay a $1 million fine for recalled bracelets that contained toxic levels of lead which caused the death of a 4-year-old child.
Reebok imported and distributed lead charm bracelets, giving them away with children’s shoes purchases.
A heart-shaped charm from the defective product caused a fatal defective product injury in the child who swallowed the charm.
The bracelets were recalled and no other defective product injuries were reported. Lead toxicity in cases like this could cause Texas defective product injuries.