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Are product recalls more common today than in the past?

Product recalls occur when products are not safe for consumers. They happen across all industries, from food products, to vehicles and appliances, in Virginia and nationwide. Interestingly, it appears that product recalls are on the rise in almost every product category, with recalls emerging daily.

According to regulators and consumer advocates, the increase in product recalls is due in part to an increased focus on public safety. It is now easier to identify dangerous products that may harm consumers and remove these products from the market. There is also increased testing performed on products today, such as the testing that recently identified the potential risk for listeria in millions of frozen fruits and vegetables.

Product recalls can be more complicated and reach more people today due to the fact that many industries use only a few suppliers. If one of these suppliers produces a defective product, a subsequent recall can have a massive impact. In 2015 alone, a staggering 51 million vehicles were recalled, which is almost three times the amount of vehicles sold last year. Additionally, on average, there is one food recall announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission every day, and, overall, food recalls have doubled since 2002.

If you have been harmed by a defective product, whether a prescription drug, a vehicle malfunction, or a food product, you may have a potential product liability cause of action. An attorney may be able to offer guidance regarding your options. Additionally, if you have been contacted by a manufacturer of a product you use, whether via phone, email, letter, or even text, regarding a recall, you may wish to consult with an attorney as compensation may be available for your damages.

Source: The New York Times, "Product Recalls Rise With Better Detection and Fewer Suppliers," Stacy Cowley, accessed June 24, 2016

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