Many unsafe products are only identified after deaths or injuries

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Tennessee consumers can be exposed to numerous unsafe — and even dangerous — products on a daily basis. They rely on authorities to recall anything that may cause harm to their families, but often, recalls follow injuries rather than preventing them. However, Tennesseans can be proactive in protecting their families by being fully informed about unsafe products that have been recalled after being identified as threatening.

Except for shellfish and alcoholic products, all consumable products are governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. The safety of all food and drug products is regulated by these two departments, and recalls are classified according to the level of danger posed. Products that are dangerous enough to cause severe injuries or deaths are classified as Class I, while harm or injuries caused by Class II recalled products typically need medical treatment but are not regarded as severe. Whenever a product is marketed with misleading packaging, or packaging that does not comply with legal regulations, it is classified as Class III.

When vehicles are found to have defects that pose severe dangers, or those for which significant numbers of complaints have been received, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate and enforce recalls. That leaves an endless list of other products that may threaten the safety of loved ones, such as children’s products, furniture, and more. Following consumer complaints or the identification of hazards by manufacturers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will investigate and act appropriately.

There are several websites Tennessee consumers can visit to stay up to date on recalled products. Unfortunately, many products are only recalled after an injury or death had been reported. Victims of unsafe products — or those who have lost loved ones due to defective products — may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for medical expenses and end-of-life costs when applicable. The assistance of experienced product liability attorneys may be needed to establish negligence and successfully present such claims in civil court.

Source: lifehacker.com, “The Three Major Types of Product Recalls and How They’re Different“, Heather Yamada-Hosley, June 15, 2015