Companies regularly issue recalls for products that may cause illnesses or injuries to consumers. If an individual has been injured by a defective or unreasonably dangerous product, a recall of the product can serve as an indication that the product is unsafe in a Maryland product liability claim.
Complaints concerning products are investigated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The agency works to promote consumer safety by investigating and evaluating complaints and coordinating recalls. The CPSC can issue a voluntary recall or a mandatory recall, depending on the nature of the defect, though most CPSC recalls are voluntary recalls. The company responsible then must follow through to actually recall the product. The agency will announce the recall and offer a remedy to consumers affected by the recall.
Even if a consumer receives a replacement or a refund for the item, a consumer can still file a product liability claim against the company responsible for the defective product. Filing a claim against the responsible company allows injured consumers to recover compensation for their injuries due to the defect. There are different avenues for recovery in a product liability claim. For a strict liability claim based on a defective product, the plaintiff is not required to prove that the company acted negligently. Rather, the plaintiff must only demonstrate that the product was defective when it left the defendant’s control, that there was no substantial change in its condition before it reached the consumer, that the product was unreasonably dangerous, and that the defect caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Negligence or breach of warranty may also provide avenues for recovery.
Over 190,000 Ceiling Fans Recalled After Blades Detached
According to a recent news article, over 190,000 were recently recalled after blades detached on a number of fans. There were at least 47 reports of blades detaching from the ceiling fans, and two reports of detached blades hitting people. There were also reports of detached blades causing property damage. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the fans which had been sold in stores and online through The Home Depot. The company said that it voluntarily recalled the product and stopped sales after it discovered the issue. The distributor stated that the issue was due to an “isolated manufacturing defect.” The commission told consumers to stop using the fans and that if the product was affected, they should contact the distributor, King of Fans, to obtain a free replacement.
Call a Product Liability Attorney
Consumers who have been injured by a defective product may be able to recover compensation through a Maryland product liability claim. Holding the company accountable is an important step in ensuring that other people do not suffer the same harm. The personal injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers, provide aggressive representation to Maryland residents who have been hurt by a defective product. They offer free initial consultations and will tailor their services to meet clients’ needs. Contact them at 1-800-654-1949 or fill out their online form to set up a free consultation.