It is common to hear about product recalls in the news. Unfortunately, it seems like every day there is another news story about a consumer injury that resulted from the use of a defective product. Such stories are shocking despite their frequent occurrence because we do not expect to be injured or harmed by the products or medical devices or prescriptions that we use on a day to day basis. Such injuries do occur, however, and the effects can often be severe and long-lasting.
Even though we expect the products we use every day to be carefully designed and manufactured to be safe and not cause harm when used for their intended purposes, this is unfortunately not always true. Some of the most commonly defective products include automobiles, home appliances and prescription drugs and medical devices. There is a process of testing and evaluating products to help protect against dangerous defects, but problems still occur frequently. Many companies will issue product recalls once they receive reports of a defective product, but these recalls do nothing to help consumers who may have already suffered an injury from a product.
Most people generally do not expect to be at risk from the products they choose to use on a frequent basis. However, the reality is that there are many products that cause injury that remain on the market. Sometimes, the product maker is unaware of the risk of injury or harm until an incident occurs. However, in other cases, the maker is well aware of the risk posed by a defective product, but fails to disclose or warn due to profit motives.
Some people may argue that Americans are too litigious and file frivolous lawsuits against companies simply in the hope of getting rich. However, the truth is that many liability-related lawsuits, including products liability cases, serve an important social function in Virginia and across the country. Lawsuits against companies that are negligent or reckless in the production of products or that engage in false or inaccurate advertising help ensure that the companies cannot continue such behavior without consequence. They also help protect public safety by bringing attention to dangerous products and medicines and getting them taken off the market.
Cars are relied upon by many individuals throughout Fairfax City, Virginia to get from one place to another. When individuals purchase those motor vehicles there is an expectation that they will be safe and run as intended. Despite this, at times there are problems with the way in which they work. These issues could inflict harm upon those using the vehicles. Problems with products could prompt product recalls. Recently Toyota recalled two of the hybrid vehicles it manufactures. It also recalled a standard vehicle.