Each year in the United States, hundreds of consumer products are recalled due to manufacturer defects found in products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard, or can injure children. Keurig, makers of the popular mini brewing system, recently recalled 6.6 million of its coffeemakers after more than 90 consumers reported burn-related injuries caused by hot water spraying from the unit.
Unfortunately, injuries like those are not all that uncommon, and it is important to be knowledgeable about major product recalls, especially for items that young children may have access to. The Better Business Bureau suggests that you actively monitor sites like the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s site (http://www.cpsc.gov/) for recalls of consumer products.
When you make a major purchase, the manufacturer or seller makes an important promise to stand behind the product. A good tip to remember is to keep and fill out the warranty information that comes with many products (electronics, appliances, etc.) so that the manufacturer can contact you if there is a recall.
You can also visit www.saferproducts.gov, an extension of the CPSC, which houses a database of all reported recalled products. You can report an unsafe product, or view comments of people’s experiences and complaints of items that have not been officially recalled by the CPSC.
People have a right to be protected from the unreasonable risks of injury or death from the dozens of poorly regulated consumer products that appear on the market annually. The personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham suggest that you view both of the above websites before purchasing any product, especially items such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, household chemicals, or anything that you intend to give to children. Read product reviews and contact manufacturers immediately if you have a problem.
If you have any questions about a recalled product, contact an attorney at Hupy and Abraham today. As well, if you are injured by a recalled consumer product, contact us at 800-800-5678 for a free consultation regarding representation for the compensation of your injuries.