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) conducts product recalls and provides information and reasons for these recalls to the public.[5] 

Recalls and Child Safety

Recalls of children’s products are especially important to many parents, and there are many resources devoted to informing parents about the latest product recalls.[6]  For information on recalls of children’s products, and to stay up to date on the latest recalls, visit SafeKids.org.

Recall information is also important if you are receiving hand-me-downs or second-hand items from garage sales.[7]  This is because safety recalls never expire, and often products that have been recalled are still circulating at garage sales or secondhand stores.[8]  You should also check for recalls of seasonal items, like children’s flotation products in the summer. For example, there was a recall of Otteroo Inflatable Baby Floats on July 1, 2015 for defective, leaky seams on the floats.[9]

How to Report Unsafe Products

The CPSC also allows consumers to report unsafe products online, and those consumer reports are added to the CPSC database.[10]  To report an unsafe product, visit SaferProducts.gov.

About The Author: Chris Guedri has more than 30 years of experience and is a trial attorney and partner with the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. He was named "Lawyer of the Year 2015" by Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury-Plaintiffs in Richmond, VA.

[1] https://www.usa.gov/recalls.

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] Id.

[5] http://www.recalls.gov/cpsc.html.

[6] See, e.g., http://www.safekids.org/product-recalls.

[7] See id.

[8] See id.

[9] http://www.safekids.org/childrens-product-recalls-june-2015.

[10] http://www.saferproducts.gov

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