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Defective product recalls expose dangers for West Virginia users

First it was an antipsychotic treatment, and then it was infant liquid Motrin. The question is when will all the Johnson & Johnson defective product recalls come to an end? In the life of the company, it has received plenty of negative press due to defective product allegations and lawsuits. West Virginia residents may wonder what the company will announce next.

To be fair, it is laudable that the health giant is pulling defective product items from the shelves on a voluntary basis due to potential contaminants. However, it also makes West Virginia consumers wary of whether or not they might be taking a defective product when they make purchases from the company. Ironically, the company doesn't always know that its products are faulty until there is a problem.

Because so many Johnson & Johnson items are manufactured in some way outside the corporation, contamination can happen at many different levels. While there are supposed to be checks and balances in place to protect consumers from particles, mold and the like, they don't always work properly. Hence, lawsuits are filed if recalls are not promptly issued.

Johnson & Johnson has received much negative press over defective product issues during its lifetime. From Tylenol to artificial hips, it has been at the receiving end of many legal claims, including from foreign consumers. As early as May 2013, the company was forced to recall a child-version of Tylenol being sold in South Korea. These measures should alert individuals to their rights when it comes to being injured by a defective product; there's no reason to assume that because a large corporation is behind an item, it cannot be faulty.

Source: The New York Times, New Recalls by Johnson & Johnson Raise Concern About Quality Control Improvements, Katie Thomas, Sept. 12, 2013

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