Notable Product Recalls

Notable Product Recalls

One of the most common causes of personal injury lawsuits is defective consumer products. If you have experienced a problem with a product that you purchased that lead to an injury that took you out of work, caused you to incur medical bills, or caused physical and emotional distress, you may have cause for a personal injury suit. However, these suits can be avoided by keeping on top of product recalls. Although it is unfortunate that companies do not always catch these problems with their products, they are often required to issue a recall if consumers have filed personal injury suits relating to their products. There are many product recalls issued every year, but here are some of the most notable ones that have come to light recently.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The Samsung Galaxy smartphones are often touted as a popular alternative to the more expensive iPhone, but the latest model has had some issues that have caused consumers to back away. The batteries in many of the phones have been defective, causing them to fail and catch on fire. The problem has caused the FAA to ban these phones on aircraft in the United States. Samsung has discontinued the product and has instructed all owners of the phones to return them to the retailer where they purchased them as soon as possible.

Toyota Cars
Although Toyota’s cars have been plagued by many problems over the past several years, including recent issues with sliding doors and even faulty airbags, the most notable recall happened a few years ago, when the company recalled many of their vehicles due to issues with the brakes. The recalls started after customers had issues with their brakes not working, leading their cars to accelerate uncontrollably, causing accidents. It is extremely important to stay up-to-date with the recall status of your vehicle, as issues with your car can lead to injury and even death when not managed right away. You can check the recall status of your car online. Your dealer or manufacturer will also notify you if your car has been recalled in many cases.

Fitbit
This popular fitness tracking bracelet was recalled in 2014 because it gave many customers skin rashes. It was determined that the materials in the device caused an allergic reaction in many people. This was a huge recall, with over 10,000 cases being reported, leading to over a million devices being recalled. The company has since redeveloped the device to correct these issues.

Simplicity Cribs
These cribs were recalled several years ago when it was discovered that they had a faulty product design. One of the pieces of the crib would detach, which created a space that made it easy for children to become trapped and suffocate. The company released multiple models of this crib, all with the intention of fixing the problem, but none of the new models ever repaired the issue.

Peanut Butter
In 2008, a huge amount of peanut butter was recalled in the United States due to a salmonella outbreak at the plant where the product was processed in Georgia. Hundreds of people were sickened by the peanut butter, and eight people died in cases that may have been related. Since then, the plant has closed down, as the conditions were discovered to be particularly unsavory. It is particularly important to keep track of food recalls as well, as these can easily lead to sickness and even death. Most food recalls are highly publicized in both national and local news sources, so if you have purchased a product that has been mentioned recently, it is best to just throw it out.

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