Get a New Gadget or Device for Christmas? Check for Recalls!

News of a defective ceiling fan is making the rounds in recent days after it was discovered that blades can detach from it while it’s in motion. The Hampton Bay Mara ceiling fan was sold exclusively at Home Depot, and around 182,000 have been sold in the U.S. alone.

Unfortunately, both consumer and medical product recalls are all too common. Although we expect the products we purchase and use in our homes to be safe, that’s not always the case. Sometimes products end up on store shelves and in people’s homes despite posing a danger to the people who use them. This typically happens when manufacturers cut costs during the research, development, or manufacturing processes of making their products.

If you or someone you love received a new device or product for Christmas, be sure to check if it’s recalled. You can view a list of recent recalls on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, at recalls.gov, and on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website. If a product you own is subject to a recall, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, which will typically include discontinuing use and either shipping it back to them or returning it to the store where it was purchased.

However, if you notice a medication you take was recalled, don’t take any steps without talking to your doctor first. Not all recalls are due to safety issues, and stopping a medication without your doctor’s blessing or instructions can put your health and even your life at risk.

Finally, if you or someone you love was harmed by a defective or recalled product, the defective product lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help you get the compensation you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.