Every month, we try to bring you a list of the most recent recalls. We do this because we believe that your safety and that of your family is important. Defective products injure thousands of people each year, and knowing which products have been recalled is one way to protect yourself.
In constructing our list of recalls, we began to wonder about the most serious product recalls in recent years. What were they? Who did they effect? To answer those questions, we conducted a bit of research and what we found was surprising. Here are the worst recalls in recent history.
There were huge product recalls in 2000 on Firestone tires. Ford engineers recommended several changes to the tires after they were alerted to high failure rates among Firestone tires installed on Mercury Mountaineers and Ford Explorers. These changes were not effected by the company. As a result of their lack of response to their engineers, Ford may have ultimately caused the death of close to 200 people and major injuries to 3,000 others. Ford CEO Jacques Nasser resigned shortly after.
The computer company is popular among consumers. Unfortunately, they have also caused injury to several people. In 2006, it was discovered that a laptop battery in certain notebooks produced by Sony had a flaw which caused them to overheat and, in some cases, explode. It took six people to be injured before there was a worldwide recall of the defective batteries. In some cases, Dell replaced the battery. In other cases, people got brand new machines.
Many of us are in love with peanut butter. We eat it in candy and we consume it in milkshakes and smoothies. Imagine the sadness for peanut butter fans when the Peanut Corporation of America recalled peanut butter products in 2009. The recall was the result of a salmonella scare that resulted in the deaths of six people and left hundreds more across the country sick. The recall affected 361 companies and just under 4,000 products.
Back in 2007, Mattel recalled 9 million toys. Why? Because of lead paint and magnets. Toys made for the company in China were at the center of the recall after it was discovered that illegal lead paint had been used to color the toys. Polly Pocket, Barbie and others found themselves pulled off of the shelves. The recall was followed by a similar one conducted by Fisher-Price for the same reason. All in all, one child died due to problems with the toys and 19 children were hospitalized.
In 2008, Setton Pistachio was forced to recall its entire crop of nuts. Salmonella was the concern, but most credit the company with issuing the recall before anyone fell ill. Once the company was alerted to the presence of salmonella during a regular analysis of the product, it pulled its entire year’s crop from production.
It didn’t happen here in the United States, but it still worth a mention. Many of us like to add a splash of worcestershire sauce to our food, and our friends in the U.K. are no different. Unfortunately for them, they took a risk in doing so between the years of 2005 and 2007. Sauce manufactured by Premier Foods contained a dye called Sudan 1. It was contaminated by adulterated chili powder. Suspect products were removed from the shelves, and the manufacturers of those products took a huge financial hit to the tune of multi-millions.
The popular kids’ toy was recalled in 2003. The recall was issued after 410 (or more) reports of children being nearly strangled came to light. The stretchy cord of the toy was irresistible to children who apparently wrapped it around their throats. While some little ones may have done it intentionally, others were reported to have been wrapped up after performing tricks like “The Helicopter” in which the yo yo is swung over the head. The Yo Yo Ball was banned entirely in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Product recalls are not to be taken lightly and should never be disregarded. If you have a product that has been recalled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for refund or replacement.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product in West Palm Beach, call our office today. A member of our team will review the details of your case and advise you of your options. Your initial consultation will be held at no cost to you.