What kinds of products tend to be defective most?



In general, many different products have the potential to be defective. However, there are certain categories that tend to have recalls more than others. On the U.S. Government's website for recalls, they have seven major categories of products:

  • Consumer Products. These may include appliances, clothing, electronic/electrical, furniture, household, children's products, lighting/lighter, and outdoor and sports/exercise. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is in charge of more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products, and their website is a great resource for safety tips and other important information.
  • Motor Vehicles. This includes motor vehicles and related equipment, child safety seats, and tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is tasked with providing recall information including vehicle and equipment campaigns from 1966 to present day.
  • Boats.
  • Food. Food recalls will generally occur because a product was exposed to something that could cause people to become ill.
  • Medicine. This could be drugs and vaccines, or actual medical devices and veterinary products. The Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over all of these, and they often issue recalls and safety alerts.
  • Cosmetics. These are also controlled by the FDA.
  • Environmental Products. This category includes pesticides, rodenticides, fungicides, and vehicle emission testing.

If you want to look up recent recalls, you can find them on www.recalls.gov - you are also able to sign up for e-mail notifications so you will always know about the latest recalls.

If you think you were injured by a defective product, call Austin attorney Earl Straight at 512-454-1331 for a free consultation.