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. 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. 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. 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. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducts product recalls and provides information and reasons for these recalls to the public.
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. 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. This is because safety recalls never expire, and often products that have been recalled are still circulating at garage sales or secondhand stores. 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.
How to Report Unsafe Products
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.
 See, e.g., http://www.safekids.org/product-recalls.