Massachusetts Consumers May Be Affected by National Product Recalls

A Massachusetts product liability lawsuit can arise from a wide array of defective products. Sometimes, these products are the subject of a recall by the manufacturer or a governmental entity, but often they are not.

Nevertheless, it is wise to stay abreast of the latest recalls in order to avoid possible safety issues concerning consumer products, motor vehicles, foods, or other items.

Vehicle Recalls Recently Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a website that lists all of the latest recalls for cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, vans, and the like. You can search for recalls specific to your automobile if you have the vehicle identification number (VIN). Recent recalls include certain Chevrolet Silverados and Tahoes, which may develop a loose or inoperative brake pedal. Because this could result in a crash, vehicle owners should contact General Motors for information on having a repair made.

Additionally, over a million other GM vehicles (certain Silverados, Tahoes, Suburbans, Sierras, Yukons, and Cadillac Escalades) are the subject of a recall issued due to the temporary loss of electric power steering, which could cause the driver to have difficulty steering the vehicle and lead to an automobile accident. Owners of the subject vehicles are urged to contact the manufacturer regarding an update in their vehicles’ software.

Other Consumer Products Recalled

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) oversees recalls of household products and devices, such as electrical appliances, furniture, recreational off-highway vehicles, and toys. In the last month, recalls have been issues for an airplane toy in which rubber tires can separate (causing a choking hazard), daybeds that violate the federal mattress flammability standard, utility vehicles that could have power train hardware issues (posing a crash hazard), humidifiers that can overheat and cause a fire, and snowmobiles with hand grips that can come loose during operation (increasing a passenger’s risk of falling off and being seriously injured).

Sometimes, a product recall involves millions of products and is widely publicized, but there are also product recalls that affect only a few dozen or a few hundred products. Unless a consumer is diligent about checking for recalls on the CPSC website, these recalls can be easily missed.

Contact a Cape Cod Product Liability Attorney

Dangerous products can harm or even kill a user or bystander. While some defective or potentially dangerous products are recalled and repaired without incident, many are not. If you or a loved one has been hurt due a bad product, the knowledgeable products liability injury team at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, can advise you of your legal rights, including the right to file a claim for fair compensation in court. For a free consultation in our Hyannis or Plymouth offices, call us now at 888-262-6664. Because product liability claims can be subject to both a statute of limitations and a statute of repose, it is extremely important that an injured consumer not delay in seeking legal advice.

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