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The Top 5 Most Significant Product Recalls of 2016

January 18th, 2017 Product Liability

When making an important purchase, such as a mobile device or a vehicle, there are many factors that help in your decision making process.

It is important to consider the potential safety risks associated with any product that you purchase.

As consumers, we put our faith in manufacturers to deliver safe products and we trust our government agencies for making companies abide by strict safety and manufacturing guidelines.

But this is not always the case. There are millions of defective products recalled across the U.S every year that put our safety and health at risk.

Below are the top 5 significant recalls of 2016, according to GuruFocus.com:

1.Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Cellphone manufacturer Samsung issued a recall for this mobile device after several reports of the device catching fire without prior warning. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the abrupt fire was due to overheating batteries, causing serious burn injuries in the users. In fact, this product has been deemed so dangerous, that they are prohibited on all airline flights.

2.Volkswagen Vehicles
11 million Volkswagen vehicles across the globe were recalled due to defective and false emissions control systems. The automaker must pay $14.7 billion in settlements to compensate vehicle owners for damages.

3.Takata Airbags
Going on its fourth year of various product recalls, Takata airbags were recalled due to concerns of dangerously exploding airbags. These airbags reportedly sent metal shards flying at drivers and passengers in 19 different automakers causing serious injury to drivers.

4.General Motor Vehicles
In addition to Takata airbags existing in many GM vehicles, this automaker also issued a recall in faulty ignition switches in cars and trucks, which caused the front upper control arms to separate. So basically, when owners of these defective vehicles were driving, if a person’s knee hit their keys in the ignition, vehicles could literally turn off, causing serious accidents, and harm to drivers.

5.IKEA Dressers
Nearly 30 million units of MALM dressers and chests were recalled due to stability issues. In the most severe cases, the dressers tipped over and caused injury and death in children, adults and pets. One tip is, if you do have small children, bolt all furniture to the wall in your child’s bedroom.

As consumers, we should have the assurance that products on the market have been properly manufactured, tested and evaluated for safety risks. Blatant disregard does happen when manufacturers place profit over safety.

If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe or defective vehicle or product, you may have a valid claim for compensation. Call Fellows Hymowitz for help at 845-639-9300 and we will find out. You will receive a FREE, confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our New York and New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers.

The attorneys at Fellows Hymowitz are experienced professionals ready to investigate your claim with compassion and determination. If we take your case, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing until we recover for you.

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