Recalled Product Laws in Maine
Protecting the Public in Portland, Bangor, Biddeford, Augusta, and Saco Areas
Manufacturers have a responsibility to create products that perform as they are designed to and to be relatively safe. This is known as product liability. If a person is hurt by a dangerous good, they may be eligible to seek compensation for their injuries. In some circumstances, a manufacturer may become aware that their product is unnecessarily dangerous and therefore, poses a serious threat to users. In these situations, manufacturers will often issue a recall in order to get consumers to return the items before they are injured by them. A product recall is when a company, manufacturer, store or anyone responsible for the creation or sale of a product issues a statement to consumer for them to return an item for a refund or replacement because it was discovered that the product is unreasonably dangerous.
Unfortunately, product recalls are usually not issued until after someone is already injured. For more information on recalled product law in Maine, contact the injury attorneys at The Law Offices of William T. Bly.
Commonly Recalled Products
Any type of product can be recalled. If the manufacturers, distributors, designers or any other party responsible for the creation or sale of the product realizes that an error was made that could cause it to be a threat to the safety of users, they should issue a recall. Some recalls are voluntary and others mandatory depending on the type of hazard and whether or not anyone has been hurt by the product. Some commonly recalled products include the following:
- Motor vehicles
- Children's toys
- Children's products
- Food items
Recalls are performed to both protect consumers from being injured and to protect manufacturers from facing lawsuits. A product can be subject to a recall for a number of reasons. For example, a food producer may recall peanut butter if they believe some jars may have been contaminated with E-coli. An auto manufacturer may choose to recall certain models of a vehicle if they find that the engine can turn off randomly in certain situations. Children's toys are often recalled if manufacturers become aware that they may contain lead paint or small pieces that are choking hazards. In all of these situations the users of the products could potentially be seriously hurt by these defects.
Recalled Product Injuries
Just because a product has been recalled, does not mean that anyone who is hurt by the product is not entitled to compensation. Issuing a recall can help manufacturers and producers because it allows them to show that they were being responsible as well as to protect anyone from actually becoming injured. However, consumers who are hurt due to a product that is later recalled or that has previously been recalled are still entitled to seek compensation for their injuries.
In cases where a victim is hurt or made ill by a product in Maine, they can seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages from time missed from work, pain and suffering and more. Families of victims who lost their life due to a recalled product accident can seek compensation for wrongful death. To find out more about the rights of victims, contact a Maine personal injury lawyer. At The Law Offices of William T. Bly, we will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve.