If something you have purchased is found to be defective or dangerous, how would you find out about it? Companies invest substantial time and money into reaching consumers. They are aggressive and determined when it comes to selling you a product. They use the latest technology and research to find the best ways to get you to make the purchasing decision they want. Unsurprisingly, many of those same companies show far less initiative in telling their customers that a product has been recalled.
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for regulating the safety, efficacy and security of drugs, medical devices, foods, cosmetics and biological products. The FDA investigates claims of dangerous drugs and other agents and, in some cases, orders recalls for products that pose a threat. Unfortunately, one of the fastest growing and most poorly understood markets is one where the FDA has the least power.
When a company sells a product it is giving consumers the expectation that the product is safe to use. Unfortunately, there are many products that are sold that contain defects. Using a defective or dangerous product can result in serious injuries or even death.
As the investigation into GM’s knowledge of the ignition switch defect that has been linked to several accidents moves forward, some settlements that GM made with families of those killed may be reopened. Illinois residents and those around the country have most likely been keeping an eye on this ongoing national story, which continues to grab headlines.