Cincinnati Product Liability lawyer reviews Ohio Product Recalls for injured plaintiffs nationwide
A government safety agency estimates that deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. The majority of the serious product recalls in the U.S. each year involve children’s toys, cribs, sleepers, heaters, strollers, food, auto and pharmaceutical industry products.
Once a product is released and is in widespread use, unforeseen safety issues can lead to a recall. Sometimes companies discover a problem and recall products on their own. Other times, a company is forced to recall a product after consumers, safety agencies and lawyers raise concerns.
Because so many products are put to market every day, several large U.S government safety agencies work to regulate safe commerce. These include the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also work alongside these agencies, and alert the public when they discover a potential consumer and public health hazard.
A product recall is a warning to consumers after the discovery of safety issues or product defects that could endanger consumers or patients, or place manufacturers and distributors at risk of legal action.
Unfortunately, some products on the American market pose dangers for months or even years before a recall is issued, often only when a company is forced to recall a product or when legal pressure mounts from an Ohio Product Recall Lawyer. Common consumer product recalls often include the following:
- Cars & auto components
- Food & Beverages
- Children’s toys
- Medical Devices
- Pressure Cookers
- Food Processors
- Office Equipment
- Sports Equipment
- Gym Equipment
- Tree Stands
- Window Blinds
- Laminate Flooring
- Batteries & portable chargers
- Potty Training Seats
- Power Tools
- Space Heaters
- Defective Furniture
- Wheelbarrows & Carts
- Flammable Clothing
- Electric Blankets
- Defective Helmets
- Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Product Liability Attorney and Ohio Product Recalls Lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of catastrophic injury and civil litigation claims.
National Consumer & Ohio Product Recalls
A product recall issued by a company or safety agency is a recommendation to return a product to the manufacturer due to a faulty product or a consumer safety issue. The U.S. Consumer Protection Agency works to protect the public from defective products that have the potential to cause injury by burns and fires, electrocution, toxic exposure, and inherent design defects.
Many products produced abroad and imported into the U.S. must meet safety guidelines regardless of where they are manufactured. Manufacturers or retailers may be held responsible for any injuries sustained by consumers, and can be accountable by product liability laws.
It is important to note that not all product recalls are handled by the U.S. Consumer Protection Agency. The FAA oversees aerospace safety, the FDA handled drugs and medical devices, and the NHTSA handles automotive products. A few other government agencies handle the remainder, including contaminated foods.
Serious injury caused by consumer products can prompt safety agencies to either issue a warning ot recall a consumer product. It is crucial for individuals, manufacturers, and retail distributors to report serious injuries that occur from use of a defective product. Be sure to always report a product-related injury to the proper safety agency.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) aims to protect the public from risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products. They work to ensure the safety of products like commonly pose dangers, such as home gym equipment, children’s toys, clothing, cribs, power tools, and household chemicals.
Consumers and families face potential injury from products that pose fire, electrical, chemical, and mechanical hazards. The most common hazards that prompt Ohio product recalls include the following:
• Fire and burns
• Choking, suffocation and strangulation
• Fall Hazard
• Electrocution / Electric Shock
• Vehicle Accident
• Poisoning (lead, carbon monoxide)
• Explosion / Projectiles
Recent Food Related Recalls
Food safety is a huge issue through the nation each year. According to the CDC, one in six Americans get sick from contaminated food each year. More than 3,000 annual deaths are attributed to food-related illnesses, most of which are preventable. The CDC works with the Food and Drug Administration to identify health risks in consumables, but the outbreaks are sometimes overwhelming and spread too quickly to prevent public health risks.
Some recent food disease outbreaks include the following:
• In July, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported a salmonella outbreak in pork, identified by the Washington State Department of Health, after a number of reported illnesses.
• In August, 2016, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc. recalled frozen shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The products may be mislabeled and contain known allergens. The problem was identified as a result of consumer complaints.
• In July, 2016, PT Farm, LLC recalled approximately 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.
Drug and Medical Device Recalls
When an FDA-regulated product like a drug or medical device is either defective or potentially harmful, the FDA is responsible for issuing product recalls, which is the most effective means for protecting the public.
The FDA is usually alerted of an issue when a company discovers a problem, the agency inspects a manufacturing facility and determines the potential for a recall, or the FDA receives reports of health problems through various reporting systems.
In many cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contacts the FDA, often after the drugs and devices have already injured or possibly caused the death of unknowing consumers. FDA guidelines categorize all recalls into one of three classes, according to the varying seriousness of the hazard:
- Class I: Dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death. Examples: food containing toxins, food with undeclared allergens, mislabeled drugs, or defective medical devices.
- Class II: Products that might cause a temporary health problem, or pose only a slight threat.
- Class III: Products that are unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction, but that violate labeling or manufacturing laws.
FDA & Ohio Product Recalls
• Drugs for human use
• Drugs for animal use
• Medical devices
• Radiation-emitting products
• Blood and blood-related products
• Transplantable human tissue
• Animal feed
• Contaminated foods
Recent Drug and Medical Device Recalls
- In June, 2016, HeartWare Inc. recalled over 18,000 units and accompanying batteries of its ventricular assist devices because they may lose power prematurely. Patients may experience serious adverse health consequences, including death.
- In July, 2016, Stryker Sustainability Solutions recalled its catheters in 11 states due to reports of separation of the tip of the catheter from the main body. Tip separation leads to loss of device function, and can lead to internal organ injury, cause strokes, kidney failure, and intestinal failure.
- In July, 2016, CareFusion recalled over 500 units of the AVEA Ventilator because of a faulty fuse, which may cause the ventilator to unexpectedly shut down. If the ventilator fails, a patient may suffer injury or death.
Auto Industry Recalls
In the auto industry, the number of product recalls has increased recently. Low priced production often leads to a hit in quality throughout the supply chain. As a result, technical failures are more likely to occur now than in the past.
In a recent, massive consumer product crisis, nearly 70 million Takata air bag inflators are under recall in the U.S. The defective Takata air bag inflators show a high risk of ruptures during air bag deployment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the risk posed by the airbag inflators in recalled vehicles is grave, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries. Eight confirmed U.S. fatalities have been found due to Takata ruptures.
Ohio Product Recalls & Lawsuits
The oversight of the CPSC, FDA and NHTSA has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years, however, each year many new dangerous products still hit the market and face recalls.
Because of the risks posed, and the negligence of manufacturers, there are thousands of pending lawsuits against makers of unsafe consumer products. Victims of hazardous products, such as contaminated food, faulty drugs and medical devices, and defective auto parts may have claims against a company and receive compensation. Contact an experienced attorney to find out what legal options may be available.
Product liability law holds manufacturers responsible for a large portion of liability regarding injuries directly related to defective or faulty consumer products. America’s manufacturers have a moral and legal duty to ensure the safety of all products they market and distribute. More importantly, they have a responsibility to properly warn consumers of any defect their product may contain and issue prompt safety recalls.
In the event of an injury or death, compensation can be sought to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, as well as punitive damages against a manufacturer for negligence and a disregard for the safety of consumers. For a complete investigation and to build the strongest case possible, contact an attorney with considerable experience in product liability law and Ohio product recalls.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a consumer product incident and have questions about the root cause and the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Ohio product recalls.