What Is Going On with Product Recalls? Federal Agency Lists One Recall Per Day

Be careful to check for product recallsAre you a fan of Blue Bell Ice Cream? If so, then you likely remember the massive product recall for Blue Bell Ice Cream a year ago. The recall happened over fears Blue Bell’s ice cream had become contaminated with listeria, a dangerous bacterium. Product recalls like the one that targeted Blue Bell are commonplace, much more so than people realize.

An article published by The New York Times claims better detection tools and stricter safety regulations have fueled a surge of recalls (on average, one product is recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission each day). This is good news, because some companies may attempt to hide dangerous products from regulators.

If you have been following the news, specifically on GM’s ignition switches, it becomes abundantly clear that some dangerous products are knowingly released onto the market. We recently wrote a blog discussing defective IVC filters, and covered how the company responsible for developing these filters knew it could pose dangers but released it anyways.

You have a right to know which products pose a danger to your safety, and the safety of your friends and loved ones. Fortunately, there are several government websites that can help you avoid dangerous consumer products.

When It Comes to Consumer Safety, the Internet Is Your Friend

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) operates a website with a list of current recalls. In addition to a listing of recalled products, the website also uses a search engine. If you recently bought a product, you could simply type in its name plus the company responsible for its creation into the website’s search engine. In the event the product is defective, you would receive information on potential hazards. You can also report defective products to the CPSC.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture run www.foodsafety.gov, which lists information on food product recalls.

For vehicle recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) operates www.safercar.gov. To see if your car has been subject to a recall, simply enter your vehicle identification number (VIN number) into the website’s search engine.

The Lafayette personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat can hold businesses accountable when they release unsafe products.


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