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Recalls: Taking items off the shelf for your safety

If a product you use has been recalled, it's in your best interests to return it to the company. Product recalls are essentially notices that a product you're using isn't safe. Most of the time, these recalls are voluntary, but sometimes, the recall is compulsory.

Recalls are actions taken by the government or a manufacturer, depending on a number of factors. The overriding fact is that these recalls are designed to keep you safe. Recalls are signs that products on the market could cause health problems or safety issues now or in the future.

Sometimes, recalls are created that ban the sale of an item. Others ask people to return the items they've previously purchased. Sometimes, those items are replaced or repaired. Other times, the consumers are asked to give them up for a refund.

The trouble with recalls is that they are issued at one point but have no way of guaranteeing that all of the products that were recalled are no longer available. This is why you should not buy secondhand. If you decide to purchase products from a secondhand shop or seller, it's important to look up the product and make sure it has not been recalled. There are multiple governmental websites that have information on all current and past recalls.

Recalls take place all the time. It is important that the recall reaches each person who has purchased a product. If you don't find out about a recall and get hurt, you could have a case against the manufacturer. Your attorney can help you determine if you have a case and what it could mean for seeking compensation.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "What is a recall?," accessed Sep. 19, 2017

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