A product recall is when a product or good is removed from the market. This recall may be called into action for reasons such as a defect or safety concern. Usually, the recall will be handed down by the manufacturer. However, for most goods, there is an overseeing agency that will investigate whether or not the product is up to standards. Below you will find a list of the most common recalls that take place across the country.
Consumer Product Recalls: A consumer product recall is when a particular product or good is removed from the market. The product removal could be due to the product being deemed harmful, mislabeled, or malfunctioning. These recalled consumer products range from electronics to toys to everything in between.
Food Recalls: A Food recall occurs when a certain food product is deemed harmful or even life-threatening. In the U.S, the FDA and USDA oversee all shelved food and their safety regulations. A food recall might be initiated for causes such as poison contamination, salmonella, or anything else hazardous.
Medicine recalls: A medicine recall may be initiated by the FDA if they have determined that a certain medication is harmful to the public. Medication recalls are particularly important to note as they can sometimes be life-threatening. Medication recalls may be opened for a simple mislabeling, a compromise formula, or contamination.
Cosmetics Recalls: A cosmetics recall may be opened if a cosmetic product has breached the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. In such a recall, a producing company will remove their product from the market until the issue has been fixed. A malfunctioning or contaminated cosmetic is especially dangerous as the product often comes into direct contact with one’s skin or face.
Clothing Recalls: A clothing recall is issued when it is found to cause potential harm to an individual, especially a child or infant. Many of the recalls can be assoicated with choking hazards, flammability hazards, strangulation hazards, etc. Clothing recalls can be issued for shirts, pants, and even accessories.
Environmental Products Recalls: Environmental product recalls deal with products that pose a threat to the safety of not only a person, but the environment as well. In such a recall has been declared, the Environmental Protection Agency will investigate the product to determine is harmful. Environmental product recalls deal with pesticides, rodenticides, fungicides, and vehicle emissions.
Child Safety Seat Recalls: A child’s safety seat is recalled when the US Consumer Product Safety Commission deems it fit to remove a particular brand or line of car seats. If a car seat has been recalled, it is more than likely due to a malfunctioning feature on the seat that puts the child’s life in direct harm. In this type of recall, the manufacturer may issue a person a new seat or refund.
Motor Vehicle Recalls: A motor vehicle recall is used when a motor vehicle or part of the equipment is defective and does not meet the standards. When a motor vehicle recall is used, the consumer should be notified by the manufacturer of the motor vehicle. The letter or notice will instruct the individual the steps that need to be taken.
Motor Vehicle Equipment Recalls: A motor vehicle equipment recall is issued from the vehicle manufacturer when a piece of equipment is defective or does not meet the standard. A defective piece of equipment can cause accidents, harm to the vehicle occupents, as well as others in the surrounding area.
Tire Recalls: A tire is recalled when it is discovered that it may put a vehicle’s driver in direct harm. A tire recall is initiated by the tire’s manufacturer. This recall may be open if the tire is not the correct size, if the tread separates from the tire, or if the tire is completely bald.
School Bus Recalls: A school bus recall is triggered if the safety of the bus is compromised. If the bus does not fit the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, a particular bus type is immediately removed from the roads and away from children. A school bus recall is typically opened if a part on the bus is defective.
Boat Recalls: A boat recall is issued to help reduce injuries, loss of life, and property damage that may arise from a defective boat or boat equipment. Typically, the U.S. Coast Guard oversees boats and boating equipment.
Appliances Recalls: An appliance recall deals with malfunctioning household electronical machines. This includes stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, or washers and dryers. These products may be recalled by the manufacturer if their services are malfunctioning or deemed unsafe to the user, household, or home.
Electronic/Electrical Recalls: An electronic or electrical recall is issued when a manufacturer notifies their customers about a defective or dangerous product. This type of recall involve electronics such as cell phones, toys, instruments, televisions, etc.
Furniture recalls: A furniture recall involves any home or office furniture that are determined to be unsafe or poorly manufactured. These recalls involve sofas, couches, dressers, bookcases, chairs, desks, beds, and so on.
Household Recalls: A household product may recalled or pulled from the market if it is determined the product is unsafe or defective. In this type of recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will investigate and deem a particular brand or line as risky. A household recall may involve anything from dish soap to cleaning agents to sprays.
Children’s Product Recalls: A children’s product recall is called into effect if a product may put a child’s safety in harm’s way. Therefore, it is important for a parent to keep up to date with any and all products involved with their child’s day-to-day activities. Products that may be involved in this type of recall include children’s toys, clothes, diapers, bath supplies, strollers, or furniture.
Lighting/lighter recalls: A lighting or lighter recall deals with lighters or lighting products that do not function or are unsafe. Lighters may be deemed unfit for use if they produce an excessive flame or not enough flame. A lighting product such as a lamp or chandelier may be recalled if it emits not light or poses a threat electrically.
Outdoor recalls: An outdoor recall deals with any number of products that are used for activities such a gardening, grilling, or sporting. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees this department and will investigate if a particular good is either hazardous to one’s safety or not functioning in its intended use. Products that fall into this category range from patio furniture to grills to bikes and helmets.
Sports/Exercise recalls: The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees the regulations for all sporting and exercise equipment. Products such as treadmills, trampolines, weights, or balls may be recalled if they do not properly function or are seen as harmful to the user.
Drug Recalls: A drug recall is initiated when it is determined that a particular drug is harmful, mislabeled, or contaminated. In a drug recall, the FDA oversees all safety and regulations. However, the drug’s manufacturer may also institute a recall if they notice an issue first.
Vaccine recalls: A vaccine recalled is opened up if a particular vaccine is compromised, putting the patient in harm’s way. Agencies such as the FDA and CDC are in charge regulating and recalling all vaccines across the country. Vaccine recalls often include flu vaccines.
Medical device recalls: The FDA oversees any number of medical devices used by doctors and hospitals. If a medical device recalled has been instituted, it is because the device is not functioning correctly or dangerous. Like drug or vaccine recalls, these recalls are particularly important as the products they deal directly with sick or wounded patients. Recalls in this category include everything from needles to MRI machines.
Veterinary product recalls: A veterinary recall is called into effect when a pet medication or product is determined to be unsafe of poorly manufactured. These recalls involve everything from pet medicines and or simple flea and tick shampoos. These recalls are called into effect if the product put’s your pet or animal in harms way.
Blood and plasma product recalls: Like any medication, the FDA is in charge of all safety and regulations for and blood or plasma product. A recall happens when the FDA determines that a blood or plasma product dangerous to the public’s well-being. These recalls could be initiated due to contamination or possible infections leaks.
Pesticides recalls: Pesticides recalls involve the removal of products that kill or repel certain plants or animals. In this department, it is the EPA that has authority on pesticide products. Pesticides include products such as weed killers, crop dusting, insecticides, or any other type of pest.
Rodenticides recalls: A rodenticide recall deals with particular brands or lines of rodent killer. The EPA oversees these products and may recall them if they pose a threat to public safety. Rodenticide products include rat traps with poison or anything else that contain chemicals intended for killing rodents.
Fungicides recalls: A fungicide is a chemical product that is used to destroy fungi or fungal spores as both can do damage to agriculture and humans. If a fungicide is recalled and removed from the shelf, it is because that product has been deemed unsafe.
Vehicle emission testing recalls: If a vehicle does not meet the standards of the Clean Air Act, the EPA has full authority to remove the motor vehicle brand or model from the market. Vehicle emission testing recalls are initiated when the vehicle poses a threat in pollution and thus human life. For the most part, emission testing deals with the exhaust system of a vehicle.