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Fight Back Against Bad Products: Let Your Voice Be Heard

My last blog pointed out that safety and health products are, all too often, deceptively dangerous. In combination with automobiles, the US has had a total of more than  fifty million faulty products recalled in just the first 7 months of this year. That’s more than 200,000 a day! How can anyone say this is not a defective products crisis?

Some would view this as a sign that our system is broken. Others might view it as a sign that things are getting better – after all, fifty million hazardous products are off the streets, right? Either way, the common thread is that consumer complaints were the impetus that forced manufacturers’ hands. When smart shoppers raise their collective voices and demand safe, quality products, big businesses have no choice but to listen.

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“Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” – dangerous safety and health products

My last blog discussed automobile recalls, a hot topic because vehicles are increasingly important to our survival. They connect individuals to their jobs and livelihoods, provide access to active lives, and they are convenient. Drivers spend years paying off pricey loans so they can drive shiny status symbols.

Yet, a car can also be a 4000 pound weapon hurtling amongst other 4000 pound weapons if a driver, through no fault of his own, loses the ability to control it. This has been the case in many automotive recalls, including the many millions recalled this year alone involving faulty GM ignition switches. Loss of life can be tremendous, leaving survivors and their families wanting answers. Could this have been prevented? What did the manufacturer know, and when did they know it? What prevented them from making it right before my loved one was injured or killed? These are questions we all ask when companies are caught doing the unthinkable; rarely will the answers provide peace.

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America’s Defective Products Crisis is Getting Worse

Two months ago I wrote about “America’s defective products crisis,” but new information, as well as products liability developments since my last blog, have made it clear the problem is bigger than I anticipated. In the past two months alone, millions of additional motor vehicles and dozens of other defective products have been recalled for public safety reasons. GM is in survival mode, playing the blame game at Congressional hearings, in Grand Jury proceedings, and in dozens of far-reaching and legally challenging lawsuits.

But while GM pleads for understanding and points fingers, consumers and fellow drivers like you and me are left wondering if it is safe to get back behind the wheel. GM has managed to fix only a couple hundred thousand faulty vehicles, while they and other manufacturers have added millions to the recall list. We consumers are clearly losing the defective motor vehicle battle.

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