What is a Product Recall?

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Product manufacturers and the government have the power to recall products if the products pose a health or safety concern to the public.[1]  A recall can ask for consumers to return the product for a replacement or a repair, or it can ban the sale of a product.[2]  Product recalls can include things like vehicles and vehicle equipment, food products for humans and pets, and other everyday consumer products like toys or clothing.[3] It is important to make sure a product you are purchasing has not been recalled, and also to report any significant safety concerns that you may notice about any consumer product.[4] The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)…

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What is the Consumer Products Safety Commission?

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is the governmental body responsible for keeping the public safe from dangerous consumer products. Their mission involves banning dangerous consumer products, establishing safety requirements that companies must adhere to, researching potential hazards associated with future products, and issuing recalls for products already on the market. The CPSC is constantly investigating new reports of dangerous and faulty products, sometimes with serious safety implications.[1]

In 2007 large-scale revelations about the use of lead and other dangerous materials caused a massive surge of recalls. Recognizing that the scale…

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