September 15, 2014
How do Consumers Stay Aware of Harmful Products?
Americans purchase and use countless products every day. From motor vehicles to toys to home décor items, products play a huge role in our lives. However, with product use also comes the risk of accidents and injuries, which often occur due to negligence on the part of a manufacturing company. A product may be defectively designed, defectively assembled, or may come without adequate warnings of possible injury risks. Injuries caused by defective products may range from a simple scratch to life-threatening brain damage, burns, or spinal cord injuries. If you or your child has been injured by a defective product, an experienced Philadelphia products liability lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve from the manufacturer.
In order to try to prevent injuries caused by dangerous or defective products, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) investigates reports of product-related injuries and recommends product recalls. When a company issues a product recall, consumers who have purchased that product may return the defective or dangerous item and usually may exchange it for a safe item at no cost. Though such recalls may be costly for companies, they avoid injuries and related products liability lawsuits. However, not every company decides to issue a recall after reports of possible defects or risk of injury. If a company fails to issue a recall recommended by the CPSC, it may face civil penalties and fines.
The CPSC publishes a regularly updated list of product recalls on its website, and consumers can check the list to see if they own any defective or dangerous products. Some products currently on recall include such diverse products as solar panels, baby dolls, and off-highway utility vehicles, and bunk beds.