Safety recalls are issued when a manufacturer, court or higher governing body determines that a product fails against minimum safety criteria or creates an unreasonable safety risk to the public. Defects include errors in performance, components and construction.
If there is a recall on your motor vehicle, your manufacturer should notify you. You may then take the appropriate, designated steps of action and the problem will be remedied usually at no charge. If there is a recall on an appliance or product you use, you might not be notified. Vehicles come with identification numbers (VINs) that make it easy to track down the owner and driver. This convenience does not extend to every product that a company makes and distributes. This is why it is important to pay attention to the news and check websites like ConsumerReports.org to know when a recall has been issued that is relevant to your safety.
Here are a few of the most recent safety recalls.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has formally recalled 1 Million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because of faulty batteries after dozens of users reported the device caught fire while charging. Samsung initially announced a recall of 1 million Note 7 devices after it discovered some of their batteries burst into flames when charged. When it first offered to swap devices, in an early September voluntary recall, more than 2.5 million units had sold since their release in August, 2016. The initial response was criticized as slow, with any consumer confusion made worse by increased reports of damage to houses and cars from exploding Notes. Additionally, all Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s have been banned on all airlines.
The U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission (CPSC) coordinated a recall of over half a million hoverboards in the United States. The lithium-ion battery packed in the boards have posed risk of smoke, fire and explosion. So far, 99 battery-related incidents in hoverboards have resulted in injury and $2 million in property damages across the country. These issues have even prompted airlines to ban Hoverboards from being packed within luggage or carried on board.
Takata, a Japanese supplier of automotive safety components and systems, issued the largest auto recall in history: tens of millions of airbags. Ten deaths and over 100 injuries have been linked to faulty Takata airbag inflators. Natural exposure to heat and humidity can disintegrate the inflation function, so even if the bag works properly now, Takata estimates that sixty percent could fail in the future. You can use your VIN to see if your car in on the recall list at safercar.gov.
Safety 1st recalled 20,000 baby strollers after 30 reports came in about small children falling out. The defect was identified in the stroller’s tray folding mechanism, which could disengage while supporting an infant car seat. No injuries were reported. Customers owning a Step and Go Travel System stroller with the following model numbers should contact Safety 1st for a repair kit: TR314, 01451CCYA, 01451CDGI and 01451CDGJ
If you have been affected by one or more of these recalls, an injury attorney can help you understand your rights, your expected compensation and what to demand from the manufacturer. Contact the Blaut Weiss Law Group located in Plantation, FL at 954-634-1800.