How to Keep Your Holiday Safe with Product Recalls

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by Bain & Rodzik

Many shoppers spend hours searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. Giving a gift that will bring joy to someone else’s life is often the best part of the holiday season. This time of year, it is especially important to be aware of the dangers that can accompany certain consumer products.

Mass produced products can have dangerous problems or defects that may be hazardous to those who use them, resulting in a product recall. Unsafe products are responsible for thousands of accidents and injuries every year. Being aware of product recalls and knowing what to do with a faulty product is a simple way to keep your friends and family safe during the holidays.

How Does a Product Recall Work?

A product recall is issued when a product is deemed unsafe. This can apply to anything including toys, appliances, jewelry, food, clothing, tools, electronics, vehicles, drugs and more. Product recalls can be issued by the manufacturer once a flaw has been discovered. Most product recalls are issued by the CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC is a government agency that is responsible for overseeing the use and production of consumer products throughout the country. Other federal agencies have the authority to issue recalls as well. The US Department of Transportation oversees the production of motor vehicles and the Food and Drug Administration often recalls food products that may be unsafe.

What Are the Risks of a Recalled Product? 

A dangerous product can lead to illness, injury and even death. Many product recalls are made due to chemical imbalances that can cause pollution in the air surrounding the product. Children are often at the highest risk for injury caused by dangerous products. Be aware of toy and food recalls in particular. Many product recalls often go undiscovered because it can be difficult to reach all of the consumers that purchased a specific item. Be proactive in searching for recalls that may affect you and your loved ones.

What Should I Do After a Product Recall?

Product recalls are usually announced by the agency involved, and some effort is made to communicate with consumers of the product. Be aware of the potential for product recalls and stay updated on the latest recall listings. If a product you have purchased is recalled, refunds or replacements may be available from the manufacture. As soon as you are aware of a product recall, remove that product from your home as quickly as possible to avoid any potential illness or injury.

In many cases, notices of a product recall may not reach all consumers until after they have used the product. If you have been injured or negatively impacted by a recalled product, contact a personal injury attorney Wilmington NC immediately to help you file a claim. You may be entitled to financial compensation. Bain and Rodzik is Wilmington’s premiere personal injury law firm. If you have questions or would like more information, call us today at 910-762-1199. To learn more about our team and our services, visit us online at www.bainandrodzik.com.

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