When news breaks that a product widely used in Houston has been recalled, it is easy for you to not get caught up in subsequent have of consumer panic. Many have come to us here at the Cole Law Firm in the wake of a recall convinced that they are facing inevitable serious injury or death. Yet you should know that the severity of the threat that a product poses can vary. At the same time, however, every recall should be taken seriously, and you should understand what recourse is available to you.
Recalls are often voluntary actions initiated by manufacturers after a defect has been discovered in one of its products. The knowledge of such a defect may arise from reports of consumers suffering adverse consequences from its use or may be discovered during the manufacturing process. Whatever the case may be, companies will no doubt want to get a defective product out of yours and other consumer’s hands in order to limit their liability.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration can also request that products be recalled after safety concerns have arisen. The criteria used to evaluate such concerns includes:
- Whether a product has already produced disease or injuries
- Whether the potential of health hazard exists from a product’s use
- The likelihood of such a hazard being realized
- The segment of the population exposed to the hazard
With a recall in place, there should be instructions on how you should properly dispose or return a product. You may be entitled to compensation for its purchase price. If you or a loved one has already been injured by its use, you may still be entitled to take legal action even after a recall has been issued. More information on dealing with defective products can be found throughout our site.