It is not uncommon to see news stories about dangerous consumer products and medications that have been recalled and taken off the shelves. When a product is found to pose serious risks to the general public, the manufacturer will initiate a recall to prevent further harm to consumers. But how exactly do product recalls work?
The very first step of many product recalls is a lawsuit from an injured consumer. Whenever someone is injured by a product, even despite obeying the manufacturer’s guidelines and using it sensibly, he or she has the right to pursue compensation for damages, medical bills, and suffering. Once a successful lawsuit has been filed, the manufacturer may contact the authorities to start a recall.
The manufacturer will then pass along information about the dangerous product to the authorities. This may include things like serial numbers, brands, and dates of production. For consumer goods like appliances, serial numbers are more common. In contrast, dangerous foods may be recalled by location and sell-by date.
The recall is then announced to the public via government product recall websites and through paid notices in major news outlets. Many recalls receive media attention, further heightening awareness of a product’s dangers. Consumer advocacy organizations also take steps to notify consumers of dangerous products. People who have purchased these items can then take them in for repairs, a replacement, or a refund.
If you have been injured by a dangerous consumer product, whether or not it has been recalled, you may be entitled to take legal action against the manufacturer whose negligence led to your suffering. By pursuing a case, you can help bring an end to irresponsible business practices that put the public at risk. To discuss your case directly with a compassionate Kankakee product liability lawyer, contact the law office of Spiros Law, P.C., today at (815) 929-9292.