• Jul
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Are Most Defective Products Recalled?

    Though it would be nice to think that the government agencies, manufacturers and other organizations responsible for product oversight would have the knowledge and power to recall most products that are defective, the truth is that it would be almost impossible for that to happen. Product defects occur in all types of items that consumers purchase, and recalls are only likely to happen when consumers and these organizations act together to protect the public. In most cases, recalls only occur when there is a real and present danger posed by a product’s defect.

    Product recalls are either ordered by federal agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or activated voluntarily by the manufacturer or seller of the defective product. These actions represent a significant public relations issue for those responsible for bringing the product to market, and therefore they only really happen when there have either been significant injuries as a result of the product’s use, a real and present danger of significant injuries, or an outcry from consumers.

    Defective products do not always cause harm. If a product breaks easily or does not perform as promised, it is not likely to result in a recall. Recalls are meant to prevent injury, so they generally only occur when a product is unsafe. If a manufacturer removes a product from public access, they have likely been notified of injuries or risk of injuries, and when they remove the product they also offer any consumers who have already purchased the product with either a replacement product or some other form of compensation or remedy. If the manufacturer or seller does not act voluntarily and the government sees the defective product as a danger, they have the power to either recommend or mandate a product recall.

    Though a defective product recall may represent a loss of revenue for a manufacturer or seller and an annoyance for consumers, they are also an important action that protects people from harm. Unfortunately, defective product recalls can come too late for those who have already been harmed by the product, and if this has happened to you or someone you love, you may be entitled to file a product liability claim against those responsible for your injury. For more information on how we can help, contact us today to speak to one of our experienced attorneys about what happened to you.

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