A Review of Recalls In 2014

It is natural to expect that when you buy a product, it will be safe when it’s used as expected or according to its directions. Unfortunately, defective products are made and placed in the stream of commerce all the time, causing injury and death to too many consumers. The consequences of defective products can be significant.

In 2014, we saw a great deal of products get recalled for safety related reasons. Here are three of the largest recalls of 2014:

  • General Motors: In the 2014 calendar year, GM issued a total of 84 separate recalls, affecting a total of nearly 26.6 million vehicles in the U.S., or nearly 30.1 million vehicles for export and including all of North America. This is one of the largest automotive recalls in history. A majority of the 2014 recalls were related to the ignition switch/key.
  • Graco: The company first recalled 3.8 million seats because of defective buckles in February 2014, then added 400,000 more in March, and another 1.9 million in July. Collectively, the 6.1 million seats recalled over the latch problem comprise the largest recall of children’s car seats in U.S. history.
  • Takata: Approximately 7.8 million vehicles are estimated to be affected by the recall of Takata airbags. The airbag recall was in response to complaints of inflators in the Takata bags exploding and throwing metal shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

The following organizations are responsible for protecting consumers from defective and/or dangerous products:

LALLANDE LAW, PLC  handles product liability cases in California. Please learn how we can help by contacting our office.