Our safety depends on the products we use on a daily basis, and in some situations, a defective product can result in serious injuries. Under the tort laws of Pennsylvania, product manufacturers must take all reasonable steps to ensure a product is safe for its intended use and in some cases, unintended uses that are reasonably foreseeable. Sometimes, when a product is deemed unsafe, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will issue a product recall on its website. However, not everyone who owns or comes into contact with a recalled product will learn about the recall.
Why It's Important To Send In Product Registrations
Products can and do fail, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission works in conjunction with product manufacturers to issue product recalls almost every day. However, consumers might not ever get wind of a specific recall. This is why it is so important to register products. Doing so gives product manufacturers the ability to notify consumers directly in the event of a recall. Read about what you can do about product recalls.
It is important to note that a product may be recalled years after it is sold. For example, in 2009, nearly 500,000 dishwashers were recalled due to a fire hazard. The dishwashers were manufactured from 1999 through 2005. On January 15, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the dishwasher manufacturer, BSH Home Appliances, issued the recall, due to an electric defect.
By the time of recall, BSH Home Appliances had received 51 reports of incidents, 30 of which involved fire. However, the recall notice was not received by all. Just last month, one of these recalled dishwashers is believed to have caused a house fire in Minnesota. This was nearly 4 years after the product recall was issued and over a decade after it was first manufactured. This underscores the importance of registering a product. Doing so can prevent injuries and incidents.
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