Product recalls seem to make the news weekly. A product recall occurs when a manufacturer or producer discovers a problem with a product, and alerts consumers so that they can either receive a refund or get some type of repair kit. Many of the most widely publicized involve baby or childrens products recalls, motor vehicle recalls, or food products recalls that have been found to be contaminated.
Product recalls are usually initiated either voluntarily by the manufacturer or in conjunction with federal agencies like the FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In order to issue a recall, the company must tell the federal agencies involved that theyve received complaints. The company will typically set up a hotline and a website to deal with the recall. Announcements are then made through the media, including radio, television, newspapers and online. Recalls are typically expensive for the company involved and can involve a lot of negative publicity, but they can limit a manufacturers liability once a product has been recalled, if a consumer continues to use it and becomes injured, the companys liability is limited.
There are ways for consumers to keep up with recalled products to insure that they dont use any products that could pose a hazard. One website is www.recalls.gov, which can send email alerts and also has an app for consumers to use to stay up to date on any product recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commissions website, www.cpsc.gov, also contains information about recalled products.
If an individual is injured by a defective product, he or she may have a claim for product liability. Product liability is the area of law that governs the liability of the products manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer. In order to prove a product liability claim, the consumer must show that he or she was injured because of a dangerous product. The product may be dangerous because of a defective design, a defect in manufacturing, or contamination in the event of a food or drug.
If you have been injured by a recalled product or a dangerous consumer item, contact California product liability attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216. He will help you with your product liability claim and will make the process of obtaining compensation for your injuries easier. Call today.
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