Product recall is the process of returning a product or group of products to the manufacturer because an issue has been identified that can cause serious injury or death. The U.S. Consumer Protection Agency protects the public from flawed products that can cause injury by fire, electrocution, chemical exposure, mechanical malfunction, or are hazardous to children. Product recalls can range from medications that may be improperly packaged to baby beds that could injure an infant. Products produced or imported into the United States must meet safety guidelines or the products can be recalled and the manufacturer or retailer can be held responsible for any injuries sustained by consumers.
Product recalls are not all covered by the U.S. Consumer Protection Agency. The Federal Aviation Commission oversees aerospace safety and is responsible for recall of defective products on aircraft. Child restraints and vehicle parts are subject to product recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Products can be recalled for many different reasons. For example, parts may be improperly made, food may be contaminated, harm to small children is possible, or there may be serious side effect to a drug that will cause a product recall.
Have you been injured by a defective product in Houston?
Serious injury by consumer products can prompt agencies to recall a product. It is important for individuals, manufacturers, medical practitioners, or distributors to report serious injuries that occur from use of a product. A recall may be initiated by the ruling agency in response to the number or seriousness of injuries by a product. Your serious injury may be the one that tips the scale for a product recall. Be sure you always report a product injury to the proper agency.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a product subject to recall, you should contact Arnold & Itkin LLP for a free case evaluation.