When you buy something for your home or for personal use, you probably assume it’s safe. You trust that manufacturers adequately tested the product before releasing it to the public to ensure that innocent consumers are not at unnecessary risk for injury or illness. As a parent, it’s especially important to know that things you choose to buy for your loved ones are safe and effective, especially for your children.

Unfortunately, there are times when unsafe products cause consumers harm. When this happens, there may be a recall of the product. This means that the manufacturer or the government decided to pull the product off the market because it is unsafe for use. Concerned parents may want to know about the products that could be harmful to their kids or which ones are often associated with problems.

Use caution with these products

There are some consumer products that are more prone to problems than others. If you have concerns about a product you are using or your family is using, it may help to learn about items most often placed under recall, including:

  • Vehicles
  • Toys and products for children
  • Cosmetic products
  • Food
  • Child safety seats
  • Medication

The intent of a recall is to protect the interests and health of consumers who are using the hazardous product. The recommendation may be to throw out the product, stop use, take the product in for replacement or repair, or return it to the manufacturer.

Informed consumers

Before you purchase a product you will use for yourself, in your home or for your children, you may want to check with certain sites to make sure that what you are considering is not under recall at the moment. There are also ways you can report safety concerns to government agencies regarding food products, medications, toys, vehicles and other items you use in your everyday life.

Is there an injury?

There are times when an unsafe product is much more than just an inconvenience for a consumer. Dangerous products can cause injury to innocent individuals, including children. If you or your child suffered as a result of consumer product, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses and various non-economic damages. If you think you may have a valid products liability claim, you will find it helpful to speak with an experienced Louisiana attorney regarding your concerns.