When a manufacturer of a product issues a recall, it’s often because there is a defect that makes it unsafe for consumers. Examples of this are faulty brakes in automobiles or kitchen appliances that come with a high risk of shock. However, not every product recall happens because a particular item is dangerous.
There are actually a number of different reasons why a product could be recalled, including ineffectiveness. For example, a manufacturer might find that a blender is unable to provide the level of quality that is advertised, and might recall the product to replace the blades or otherwise tweak the design to offer consumers a better experience.
Products may even be recalled for superficial reasons, such as the sounds they make or the way they handle. If consumers complain about the look of a product, a manufacturer might recall the item to make it more aesthetically pleasing. This is somewhat rare, however, and is typically reserved for high-end luxury products.
On the other hand, a majority of product recalls are due to significant safety issues that are likely to endanger the people who use the items. This may be due to a lack of proper testing before a product is brought to market, or defects in the manufacturing process that make an item inherently unsafe — even when used as intended.
With this in mind, it’s important for all consumers to pay close attention to product recalls and to carefully follow the instructions provided for sending items back to the manufacturers. For more information, speak with an experienced product liability attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh in Florida.