Product recalls are announced by the agency that is responsible for regulating specific categories of consumer and pharmaceutical products, automobiles, foods and other products. The agency cannot initiate a product recall on its own, but can encourage the company to do so.
For instance, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will post notices on its website about recalls involving toys, children’s products, household gadgets, appliances, and all kinds of other products. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may be responsible for announcing recalls linked to ro automobiles, auto parts, tires, air bags and other components. The Food And Drug Administration is responsible for announcing recalls that are linked to pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and certain food products.
The websites of the federal agencies will post recall notices, outlining the details and specifications of the recall. Recall information is also distributed quickly to the major media news outlets, so that information can be delivered to consumers as quickly as possible.
You can also sign up for recall alerts on the websites of all these federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Many federal agencies and regulators now have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. You can also sign up for alerts on these social media websites, to receive product recall information as quickly as possible.
There’s no denying the fact that speed is of the essence when transmitting current recall information. Consumers, who are not aware of the recall of a defective product, may continue to use it with potentially devastating consequences.
However, just because a recall has been announced does not mean that the company is completely free from all liability. Many times, recalls are delayed while companies wrangle over the fine details of the recall with federal regulators. Other times, recalls may not be properly implemented it. In these cases, the company may continue to be held liable for damages.
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