Most of us walk right past the bulletin boards near a store’s customer service department, ignoring the flyers that say “PRODUCT RECALL” in bold letters.
We tend to also ignore the notice that comes in the mail about our registered product and the announcement that’s printed in the newspaper. These warnings to return a crib or microwave or USB charger because of a safety issue are extremely important, and if you have a recalled product, you should immediately stop using it.
More Common Than You Think
Every year, thousands of recalls are issued by manufacturers across many industries. Some of the products affected by the recalls were sold despite known problems, while the safety hazards in others did not become obvious until after the products had been put on the market. Faulty manufacturing can result in long-term physical, emotional, and financial consequences to unsuspecting consumers. If you have been injured by an unsafe product that has been recalled, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to learn about the options available to you.
At the Johnson Law Firm, we have successfully represented victims throughout Eastern Kentucky who have been seriously hurt by defective products. We have also assisted families who have lost loved ones to unreasonably dangerous products.
For more than 15 years, Billy Johnson has been helping injured consumers put their lives back on track, and he is ready to help you. For advice on how to proceed next, call 1-855-997-8980 or contact us online.
How are Products Recalled?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the government agency responsible for recalling the majority of unsafe products. The CPSC gets about 10,000 product reports every year. Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers are required by law to notify the CPSC when they get information indicating that their products are hazardous. The CPSC issues a recall order when it determines a product poses a significant risk. Other agencies in charge of recalling unsafe products include the Federal Trade Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Food and Drug Administration.
However, the danger remains because a lot of consumers never learn of recalls on their products and countless unsafe products remain available through secondhand markets such as Craigslist, eBay, and garage sales.
Reasons for a Product Recall
Products can be recalled for many different reasons. For example, parts may be incorrectly made, food may be tainted, child safety features may be missing, or there may be a serious side effect to a drug. A product may be considered dangerous or defective for various reasons, but claims typically fall into three categories:
- Defectively manufactured
- Defectively designed
- Appropriate instructions/warnings are missing.
Recent Product Recalls
A quick glance at current recalls demonstrates the diversity of potentially dangerous products:
- Mohawk Rugs (fire hazard)
- AP Specialties Power Bank Chargers (fire hazard)
- Hoppe’s Semi-Auto Bore Cleaner (closure is not child-resistant)
- Black Diamond Equipment Whippet Ski Poles (risk of injury)
- Aqualung Buoyancy Compensators (drowning hazard)
- Toys R Us Toy Toaster Set (choking hazard)
- Milestone AV Technologies Sanus Simplicity Television Wall Mounts (impact hazard)
Prominently in the news at the moment are motor vehicle air bags made by Takata, which have been recalled due to the possibility they could deploy explosively and result in injury or death. About 7.8 million vehicles made by 10 different automakers have been recalled so far. At least four deaths and more than 100 injuries have been blamed on the defect.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by a recalled product, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and any permanent disability or loss. Protect your rights by speaking with the experienced KY recalled product lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm as soon as possible.
We will thoroughly investigate your claim and pursue compensation against all the parties responsible for putting a dangerous product on the market.
Cases involving a product recall or defective product can be very complicated. A product recall lawyer in the Johnson Law Firm can help. Call us today toll-free at 1-855-997-8980 or fill out this free confidential form.
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