Recalls are a required because manufacturers make mistakes, sometimes small and sometimes large enough to cause serious injury or death. Over the past year, we’ve written many posts on product recalls, from malfunctioning cars to tainted mac and cheese products. There’s been no shortage of recall articles to write about and that got us wondering, how can a family stay current with recalls and avoid danger? Our best piece of advice is to stay current about product recalls to avoid danger.
How Products Are Recalled?
Products are recalled by various public agencies through a notice of the recall to consumers. This notice alerts consumers about the defect or safety issue so that they can stop using the product or return it for repair or replacement. Product notification usually takes one of the following forms:.
Direct Notification – Manufacturers alert wholesalers and retailers of a product recall directly. Manufacturers may request the wholesaler or retailer to notify consumers who bought the product from their store.
Public Notification – Government agencies keep a public list of recalled products on their website so consumers can check and stay current on the latest product recalls. See our list below.
Media Coverage – Large scale or dangerous recalls are usually picked up by the media outlets and covered online or through the TV, radio, and in newspapers. Product recalls that affect millions of people are usually big news stories that the media reports on for days, weeks or months at a time.
What Can You Do?
To protect yourself and your loved ones from faulty and dangerous products you need to be proactive and check websites for recalled products. Here are some that you can check.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.
The government recalls site is a good place to check for product recalls that might affect you.
Recalls.gov is a union of six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions that have come together to create a “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls in order to alert the American people about unsafe, hazardous or defective products.
Safe Kids USA has locations throughout the United States and provides proven and practical ways to keep kids safe. They host safety events, conduct workshops in everything from schools to hospitals, advocate for effective legislation, and distribute safety devises like, car seats, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, helmets, and personal floatation devises. They teach parents, caregivers and children how to use these important resources correctly.
Our Wolf & Pravato Recall Section of our website reports on some of the most serious recalls. We’ve posted articles related to product recalls, including:
- Amy’s Kitchen Recalls More Than 70,000 Cases Of Frozen Food Due To Fear Of Listeria Contamination
- 242,000 Cases of Kraft Mac and Cheese Recalled
- Lawsuit Claims GNC Herbal Supplements Are Not Herbal
- Peanut Contaminated Cumin Leads to Massive Recall
Injured By a Recalled Product?
If you have been injured by a recalled product, you may have a product liability claim against the product’s manufacturer. It is important that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights. The product liability lawyers at Wolf & Pravato have decades of experience going toe-to-toe with some of the biggest manufacturers in the world.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you get compensated for your injuries.