When using a product, whether it’s a fan, a microwave, or a prescription drug, you expect it to do what it’s meant to do and above all, be safe. While products are expected to meet standards before they’re put on the market, some can be made available to the public even when they’re unsafe. A defective product can cause injuries and property damage.
If you’ve been injured because of a defective product, know that you don’t have to deal with your claim on your own. A Milwaukee product liability lawyer from Urban & Taylor can help you with your claim. We’ve fought for the rights of Wisconsin citizens for years. Our lawyers are experienced, passionate, and ready to work to get you a favorable settlement.
What Products Can Be Recalled?
Any product on the market that’s sold to United States consumers is supposed to meet regulations to ensure its safety. When products don’t meet those regulations, they can be recalled so no one else is hurt. This applies to any kind of product.
These are examples of product categories that can be recalled:
- Household Products
- Children’s Products
- Outdoor Products
If something goes wrong with a product, you or a loved one could potentially sustain injuries. The difficulty is going up against the major corporation that made it. They may try to minimize your injuries and try to not take responsibility, because that would mean they would have a dangerous product and may lose income from a recall. These are the instances when hiring a lawyer can often do the most good.
Recent Recalls for Spring 2018
There are different places to check for product recalls. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration keeps an updated list of current recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts. Another resource to check for product recalls is the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. They also include a link to report unsafe products.
Some of the current recalls for spring 2018 are:
- Romaine Lettuce. Last April, Giant Eagle Market District and GetGo recalled romaine lettuce and items prepared with it because they are contaminated with Escherichia coli. The massive outbreak of E. coli is still ongoing.
- Eggs. County Daybreak, Food Lion, Publix, and Sunups have recalled eggs in April because they’re contaminated with salmonella.
- Children’s Clothing. On May 2nd, Carter’s recalled children’s cardigan sets because the toggle buttons are a choking hazard.
- Water Bottles. On April 19th, Base Brands recalled their water bottles because the paint on the bottle has levels of lead above the federal standard. When ingested, lead can create health issues.
- Dietary Supplements. In late April, Kratom dietary supplements manufactured by NXTGEN, Pain Out, Nirvanio, and Cali have been recalled because they potentially are contaminated with salmonella.
There are many reasons why a product might be recalled. They could be manufactured with dangerous materials or it could be poorly designed so over time the product breaks down or becomes hazardous. Design flaws can create electrical issues and become fire hazards. Sometimes, mistakes on the product’s packaging could be enough for the product to be recalled.
A mistake on the packaging could mislead someone how to use the product or not list possible side effects that could put the person in danger. This could be especially dangerous when it comes to drugs. Improper or misleading directions could potentially cause more injuries and not help the person who needs the medication. Not listing side effects could harm someone with pre-existing health conditions.
Defective products should be pulled off the market when people are hurt. When you stand up for yourself, you could help get a defective product recalled and possibly keep someone else from getting injured. To learn more, get in touch today.