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Product Liability: What You Should Know about Recalls

By: Anapol Weiss

To protect the public from dangerous and defective merchandise and products, manufacturers and government agencies can issue or require the issuance of a recall to have a product repaired or replaced.

After a product is recalled, a notice will typically be sent to alert distributors, sellers and purchasers of the product that a defect exists and it needs to be corrected. Recalls may ban further sale of an item and/or ask consumers to return the item for replacement or repair.

Types of products that have been subject to recalls include (but are not limited to):

  • Household items

  • Safety equipment

  • Food

  • Toys

  • Vehicles and vehicle parts

  • Child safety seats

  • Cosmetics

  • Medications

Unfortunately, a defective product sometimes goes undetected until a person is catastrophically injured. As a result, the injured person may be able to sue the product’s manufacturer, distributor and/or seller for financial losses and physical harm caused by the product defect. The victim must prove that the product in question was defective and caused his or her injuries.

Issuing a recall does not necessarily protect a manufacturer from being held liable in a product liability claim. The manufacturer must prove it directly notified the plaintiff of the recall and adequately warned him or her about the dangers associated with the defective product. When a manufacturer fails to take those appropriate actions, they must be held responsible.

Contact Anapol Weiss if You Were Injured

Anapol Weiss has been the voice for people from all over the country who were injured by defective merchandise and dangerous products. Our defective product attorneys stand up to manufacturers – no matter how big – and make them take responsibility for letting unsuspecting people get hurt.

Contact our firm for assistance if you or a family member was hurt by a product defect. We can help.