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Protecting Consumers from Defective Products

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After you buy a product and use it for the purposes intended, you have every right to expect you won’t suffer any injuries. Most likely you have seen a story on the news that announced the recall of a product that was unsafe or defective. It’s unfortunate that recalls seldom occur until the defect injures or kills a customer.

Common causes of product defects are:

  • A lack of testing;
  • Faulty design;
  • Unclear instructions on the products use;
  • Mistakes during assembly; and
  • Damage sustained during delivery.

In addition to the hazards above, consumers also must deal with the unscrupulous behavior exhibited by some companies. Recently, a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated American recreational vehicle manufacturer Polaris Industries was required to pay over $27 million in civil penalties. The company failed to report some of their off-road vehicles that were defective.

The recall of products can be initiated by the manufacturer themselves. But more often, the recall is initiated by a federal agency. Products that are recalled span across several industries.  Those who buy automotive vehicles, items for their children, medical devices, recreational products, tools, medicine and household goods can all be affected.

Building a successful defective product case take time. To get help with your defective product claim and ensure you get the monetary reward you deserve, work with a law firm like ours that has the resources to take on large manufacturers.

Laws to Protect Consumers 

The United States government has a number of laws at the state and federal level that are designed to protect consumers. A few include:

  • The Fair Debt Collection Act
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
  • The Truth in Lending Act

There is also a law to protect people from defective products. In August of 2008, George W. Bush signed the Consumer Product Safety Act into law. If a manufacturer produces a product that is subject to regulations enforced by the CPSC, that company must issue a certificate stating the product adheres to all regulations that apply.

The law also establishes additional requirements for the documentation and testing of consumer products. Maintaining levels of specific dangerous and toxic chemicals are also outlined in the law. Finally, the regulation criminalizes violations that are more serious, levying jail time and/or fines to organizations that violate the law.

Hire an Experience Product Defect Attorney in Vero Beach      

The knowledgeable Vero Beach lawyers at Vocelle & Berg, LLP will work hard to make sure the manufacturer and others involved in your case are held accountable. Reach out to us today for professional assistance with your case.

Resources:

cpsc.gov/Regulations-Laws–Standards/Statutes/The-Consumer-Product-Safety-Improvement-Act

cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2018/Polaris-Agrees-to-Pay-27-25-Million-Civil-Penalty-for-Failure-to-Report-Defective