While product recalls are rare, they still happen. Recalls are the result of hazardous, defective, or unsafe products. A recalled product is anything with a substantial risk of injury to consumers. Manufacture goods must meet specific safety regulations and pass strict inspections before being approved for public use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) protects consumers from harm caused by consumer products. Unfortunately, thousands of products are removed from production each year. The seller or manufacturer has a legal obligation, under federal law, to immediately report the recall to prevent any severe injuries or death.
FDA recalls are assigned a numerical designation (I, II, or III) to indicate the relative degree of health hazard presented by the recalled product.
- Class I – a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that using or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
- Class II – a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.
- Class III – a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.
Types of Recalled Products
- Contaminated Food and Beverages
- Medical Devices
- Prescriptions/ Medications/Ointments
- Children’s Toys and Accessories such as strollers and car seats
What Should Parents do if a Product is Recalled?
- Do not panic, but immediately stop using the product.
- Throw away any food products
- If your child has been affected, alert your doctor.
- Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website if the manufacturer is giving a refund.
Parenting will always be protective of their children, but accidents do happen. In order to stay vigilant and proactive, they can sign up for email alerts about recalls from the CPSC. Once initiated, CPSC will issue a press release distributed and posted to its website.
We are here to Help
When it comes to seeking compensation for your child’s injuries and damages from defective products, it helps to have an experienced attorney on your side. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience and have convenient office locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. Our firm is committed to demanding full accountability from the manufacturers of unsafe products. If you or your loved ones are victims of unsafe recalled products, contact our New York offices by phone at 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us using our online contact form and on our Live Chat application on our website to have your questions answered at any time.