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What are defective products and when are they recalled?

Defective and dangerous products come in many forms, from baby supplies to food to automobiles. When a product has the potential to harm a consumer, there are many organizations that can step in to issue a recall. These include the National Highway Transportation Board, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When a company is notified by one of these organizations or a manufacturer that a product should be recalled, they are expected to take immediate action and stop selling the item at once. Along with this, it is important for all parties involved to do their best to alert the public, including those who have purchased the item.

In the event that you own a recalled product, you should follow the instructions as outlined by the manufacturer. In some cases, such as with a vehicle, you can opt for a repair. In other cases, you will be directed to take the item back to the store for a full refund.

There are many things that can make a product defective, but regardless of the reason, nothing changes the fact that it is dangerous to consumers.

Even though manufacturers and government agencies do their best to keep these products away from the public, this is easier said than done. There are always items that will remain in use, despite the fact that they are dangerous and have been recalled. If a person is injured by a defective product, they may be able to file a claim against the negligent party, such as the manufacturer or store.

Source: Toys“R”Us, "Frequently Asked Questions" Oct. 21, 2014

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