Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, consumers are frequently bombarded with information overload regarding product recalls, resulting in “recall fatigue.” The current network in place for notifying consumers about product recalls simply doesn’t work effectively. Some people never learn that a product they own is defective and subject to recall and others believe that nothing bad will happen even though they know they have a recalled product.
The government’s website Recalls.gov provides information readily available to customers, as well as opportunities to subscribe for e-mail alerts about specific products. A planned smartphone application will soon become available to assist customers in checking recalls while shopping.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) maintains that they do a good job getting in getting dangerous products out of stores, but admit that their greatest challenge is getting dangerous products out of homes.
The risks of defective products and product recalls seem to have become everyday realities for consumers now. Although educating the consumer is the current goal, preventing the incidents of dangerous products becoming available should ultimately be the goal. Because of such an extensive array of products available, both domestic and foreign-made, consumers need to be aware of potential dangers and educate themselves before purchasing.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” whose practice is dedicated to representing people in catastrophic personal injury matters, including product liability, medical malpractice and automobile accident claims. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
Mr. Zambri was sought after to publish a chapter regarding product liability litigation in Aspatore Books – a company that is touted as “the largest and most exclusive publisher of C-1 Level executives (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, Partner) from the world’s most respected companies and law firms.” To read Mr. Zambri’s publication, entitled “Constantly Preparing To Win”, please click here.