Although products that are defective should never reach the homes of innocent consumers here in West Virginia, the fact of the matter is that they do. This is one reason why recalls are in place and should be announced immediately after a defect or risk has become apparent. However, what happens when a recall is not made and defective household products are purchased by and used by consumers who have no idea that they are at risk of an injury?
It has come to light recently that The Home Depot continued to carry more than two dozen products after these products had been recalled. These products include a little bit of everything, from washing machines and fluorescent shop lights to rugs and medical cabinets. These products were recalled for various hazards, such as lacerations, falls and fire.
According to reports, there were a total of 2,310 items sold directly from The Home Depot stores and another 1,010 that were sent out to recyclers and salvage firms, who may have turned around and sold the products to consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission expects for The Home Depot to take full responsibility and appropriate actions to ensure that these recalled products are not sold to any more customers.
At this time, it is not clear whether there are any consumers who have been negatively affected by The Home Depot’s actions with these defective household products and other faulty products. However, West Virginia residents who have sustained an injury or lost a loved one due to the use of a defective product may have legal recourse. A legal claim can be filed against the responsible party or parties in order to hopefully recoup financial losses, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, physical pain, mental anguish, and other associated damages.
Source: CBS News, “Home Depot continued to sell 28 recalled products“, Kate Gibson, Nov. 19, 2015