Products get recalled every day due to safety concerns, and while it may not seem like a big deal, it’s important to take the necessary precautions in order to avoid serious injuries.
You shouldn’t be afraid to buy certain items or worry about feeding your family any type of food, but it is a good idea to be aware of what’s going on.
From why products get recalled to what you should do if you own something that gets recalled, here is everything you need to know to keep you and your loved ones safe:
Why Products Get Recalled
Food, electronics, toys, cosmetics, and cleaning products all have the potential to be recalled. While the manufacturer can voluntarily recall products, they can also be recalled by a government agency, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Usually when something gets recalled it’s because the product is a health or safety risk to those who use it. Food often gets recalled if it is contaminated or making people sick, while furniture can get recalled if it’s hurting people. This is obviously to avoid further people from being harmed, but it’s also to avoid legal issues.
How to Find Out If Something Has Been Recalled
If you’ve purchased something from a manufacturer — such as a car, toy, or a piece of furniture — there’s a good chance you’ll be notified by them personally. Most manufacturers will send out an email to customers who have purchased the specific item in question.
However, you can also check the CPSC website or the FDA website to keep tabs on any products or foods that are on the recall list.
What To Do If You’ve Been Using a Recalled Product
Before we get into the details of what to do, you should immediately stop using whatever has been recalled. For example, if a specific food has been recalled because it’s making people sick, throw it out immediately.
However, if the recalled item is something like a toy or a piece of furniture, you’ll more than likely be eligible for a replacement. In fact, in most cases when an item is recalled, the manufacturer will give customers a step-by-step guide on how to move forward.
Last but not least, if you or someone in your family has been injured or harmed by a recalled product or food, you can contact the CPSC or the FDA to report the issue.