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If a product poses any threat to consumers, the FDA may choose to issue a recall. The recall process begins when the FDA discovers that a specific product is dangerous. This usually occurs when consumers file injury complaints about the product.

An FDA recall can begin when one of the following reasons:

  • Consumers complain about the dangerous product and ensuing injuries
  • The manufacturer discovers a serious flaw in the product
  • FDA employees inspect the product and find a dangerous flaw
  • The CDC discovers a health trend between the product and injury or disease

There are three types of recalls: Class I, Class II, and Class III. When the FDA decides to recall an item, it will work with the product manufacturer to remove the product from stores and peoples' homes.

Class I Recalls

Class I recalls apply to a product that is likely to cause a severe injury or a fatality. For example, a pharmaceutical drug with serious, unexpected side effects could necessitate a Class I recall – especially if the product was associated with multiple instances of death or injury.

Class II Recalls

Class II recalls are similar to Class I, but exclude products that could lead to death. Specifically, Class II product recalls are for products that may lead to a temporary illness or a serious injury. If the side effects and dangerous of the product are not deadly, the FDA will issue a Class II Recall.

Class III Recalls

Class III recalls are reserved for products that are not associated with injury or illness, but somehow breach the FDA's guidelines or regulations. For example, a household appliance may not meet the FDA's guidelines, even though it probably won't cause a serious injury.

What to Do if You Have a Recalled Product

Avoid products that may harm you. If you believe that a defective product or drug caused your injury or illness, speak with a personal injury attorney today. The Daspit Law Firm serves clients throughout the greater Houston area. If you need a defective product lawyer, contact The Daspit Law Firm.

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