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Sometimes, consumers in West Virginia purchase products that end up being defective and thus cause injuries. A recent report indicates that household goods have made up most consumer product recalls in the United States since the year 2010. Several factors are driving today’s continuously high rates of recalls of defective products.

According to the report, certain household items, such as furnishings and appliances, have a longer lifespan than do products in other categories. The long lifespan offers many benefits to consumers, but it is also a major contributing factor in today’s recall rates in the industry. Many household goods that have been recalled over the past five years were manufactured and then sold back in the 1990s. These older items have a much higher risk of fire and overheating, which is the leading cause of product recalls in this category of products. In fact, recalls have been issued for a total of 15 million appliances since the year 2010.

Infants and children are especially vulnerable when it comes to product recalls. Products for kids made up 12 percent of third-quarter recalls in 2015. In addition, over half of clothing recalled during the past five years was created for infants and children. Many of the recalled clothing items feature drawstrings that may pose dragging or strangulation hazards for both toddlers and children.

Product manufacturers are expected to produce items that are not only functional but also safe for consumers to utilize. If people in West Virginia are hurt as a result of using defective products, they have the right to file personal injury claims against the product manufacturers. Financial restitution in a successfully litigated case may help to cover medical costs and other losses tied to the use of a defective product.

Source: CNN Money, “Buyer Beware? Household Goods Comprise Majority of Consumer Product Recalls”, Nov. 20, 2015