What’s The Best Way To Keep Up With New Warnings, Recalls, And Dangerous Products?

Have you ever wondered what the best way would be to keep up with product recalls, defects, and warnings about different things on the market, most of which you actually may have in your house?

My name is David Salazar and I’m an attorney based in Houston, Texas. I practice and file lawsuits all over the country for exactly these reasons. Dangerous products and defects have caused serious harm or injuries to my clients. So answering this question, which I get asked a lot, is not as easy as it seems.

There are several resources you can look at. But the reality of the situation is that there are so many recalls and defects going on constantly around the world that it’s hard to keep up with them all. One of the main resources to look at is the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission

This is a US government entity, which basically monitors all consumer products and safety mechanisms that are around. They base this on reports. Consumers report to this agency. And when enough of these reports come in, they issue a warning or a statement saying, “Hey, this product is probably dangerous.”

After that, if they get enough of them, they probably let the organization or the business know and say, “Hey, you need to do something about this. You need to send out a recall or you need to let people know that this product is defective.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission is one of many organizations that are out there.

 

Better Business Bureau

Another one that you want to look at is the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau keeps tabs on a lot of products. First, it keeps tabs on the businesses. But within any particular business, they may say, “Hey, this product is doing horrible. Don’t buy this from them.”

And you’ll see a lot of consumer complaints on the Better Business Bureau website. Because what the ratings are for the affected company, it trickles down to the actual product itself, what kind of product it is and how dangerous it is and what kinds of injuries can be caused by it.

 

Reviews

The other way that I would suggest keeping track of this, especially if you are interested in purchasing something, is by reading reviews. Consumer reviews tell you a lot. After all, they are written by actual people who had the opportunity to look at this product and review it and give you their side of the story.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a case come to me where, for example, a child was severely injured. So I go to some review sites and take a look at the reviews. And 80% of them say the same thing: “This product is dangerous for this reason. I had this happen.” It’s shocking to me how many times you can find reviews that say how dangerous a product is.

 

Waiting for recall notices is not enough

Those are typically the three places where people can look to see which products have defects, are dangerous, or have recalls. You will get issued a recall every now and then by a manufacturer. But that is only if they can identify you as an individual purchaser. So usually, that’s only if you buy the product directly from the manufacturer themselves or you register the product once you buy it.

My name is David Salazar. Again, I’m an attorney based in Houston, Texas, and I practice all over the country. I’d love to hear your insights on these issues and we’ll go from there.