Product Recalls: Should you be Worried?

There were no less than six products recalled in a single day, April 16, 2015, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for various reasons. These are all household or clothing products that anyone may have in their homes right now. These include:

  • Children’s Sensory Grab Garb Blankets by Goochie Goo Garbs (laceration hazard)
  • Electric Blower Vacuums by Homelite (fire and burn hazards)
  • Electric Blower Vacuums by OWT Industries (fire and burn hazards)
  • Hyland Bicycles with Aluminum Civia Fenders by Civia Cycles (fall hazard)
  • Walk Power Mowers by Toro (injury hazard)
  • Women’s scarves by Gena Accessories (burn hazard)

In most cases, there was a defect in the design, which could cause injuries. In others, there appears to be a manufacturing defect. Whatever the cause of the recall, it has historically been very difficult for people to keep abreast with what products should be avoided or returned, based on the CPSC’s recommendations. It is perfectly possible that one or more of the items above is currently in someone’s home just waiting to cause injury.

According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, product manufacturers have an ongoing responsibility to make sure that the products they sell are safe to use. People are, of course, expected to exercise reasonable caution, especially when handling an inherently dangerous product. However, if the product is dangerous because of design or manufacture, then it will not matter if the consumer is careful.

The company may argue that they issued a recall, and it is the look out of the consumer to find out about it. This is not at all true. Consumers have a right expect that the products they buy are safe to use or consume. Even if the product has been recalled, the manufacturer still remains liable for any serious injuries that may ensue.

If you have serious injuries from unknowingly using a recalled product, you should consult with a product liability lawyer in your area. Manufacturers would like to get away with their negligence; do not let them.

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