Recalls occur when a product on the market turns out to be defective or dangerous to consumers. Any product can be recalled, from tainted foods, to drugs with unexpected side effects, to vehicles with failing brakes or ignition switches. The common trend is, whenever a recall occurs, it happens because consumers were put at risk in some way.
Sometimes recalls do not occur until people using the products have suffered actual harm as a result of the defect. When this happens, an attorney should be consulted for help taking legal action against the product manufacturer.
The law provides strong protection to Florida consumers, and victims should be fully compensated for losses caused by dangerous products. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has extensive experience helping victims in product liability cases. Call today to learn more.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facilitates recalls of dangerous drugs, medical devices and consumable products. According to Subchapter 7.1 of the Investigators Operators Manual, “a recall is a firm’s removal or correction of a marketed product the FDA considers to be in violation of the laws it administers.”
Other government agencies may oversee recalls of products such as defective vehicles, child safety seats, toys or high-chairs:
When a recall occurs, it may be initiated or ordered by a government agency. A manufacturer may voluntarily remove a product from the marketplace as well.
A recall may occur so a defect in the product can be corrected, which means consumers are sent notification of a need for repair and are asked to take their product in for free service. General Motors, for example, recalled millions of vehicles in 2014 to repair a faulty ignition switch. A recall can also result in consumers being told to discontinue the use of a dangerous item, or can provide more information on how to use an item safely.
If a consumer is notified of a recall and is able to discontinue the use of the defective item, then he or she can simply accept repair, replacement or compensation for the recalled item from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, sometimes it is not that simple.
An individual may have already used a defective product and been harmed by it, or the defective product may be a medical device or drug that is inside the patient’s body where it is a potential ticking time bomb for major health problems.
If a consumer has suffered harm or has been put in danger, news of the recall can prompt an injured or at-risk person to take legal action. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene represents clients after recalls of:
Studies or other evidence prompting the recall can not only cause Floridians to realize they were hurt and take legal action, but can also be used in a defective product case against the manufacturer.
Steinger & Iscoe & Greene is here to help if you or a loved one was harmed by a product that has been subject to a recall. Call today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced lawyer.