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How Product Recalls Work

When a product is manufactured and sold, the responsible companies have the duty to ensure that the product is safe for use by the public.  If you misuse a product and get injured, that is your own fault.  However, if you use a product as it was intended to be used and are injured because of a defect or malfunction, you should be reimbursed for your injuries.  If a product is defective in design, manufacture, or does not come with adequate warning of possible risk, the companies that designed, manufactured, and/or sold the product can be held liable.  If you have been injured by any kind of product defect, contact a Coweta County peronal injury attorney to discuss a possible claim against the company.

 

When a company hears that a person has been injured by one of its products, it is required to report the incident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The CPSC makes several determinations about the reported incident, such as how severe was the injury, was the injury directly caused by the product defect, and how likely is it that the same kind of defect and injury will happen again in the future.  If several similar incidents are reported or if the injury is severe enough, the CPSC can recommend that the company issue a product recall.  If the company agrees to recall the product, they will issue notice of the recall in a public forum, such as a website or news article.  Any consumer who has purchased that product may return the product and receive a replacement at no cost to them.  If a company refuses to issue a recall, they could be subject to CPSC violations and large fines.  The CPSC works hard to protect consumer safety through the management of recalls.

 

Any product can be defective, whether it is a motor vehicle, a toy, or prescription medicine.  Because people use a wide variety of products everyday, there is almost constant risk of injury due to malfunctioning products.  Bringing a products liability claim for personal injuries can be complicated, so you should contact a personal injury lawyer to help you with your case.  Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia