The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Food and Drug Administration, among others, have the unenviable jobs of reviewing and monitoring some of the most important and widely used products in the country. All three agencies also regularly declare when these products are deemed defective and therefore worthy of recalls, with the public’s best interest as the focal point.

Defective products can include anything from automobiles to prescription medication; however, when we purchase any product we expect a certain standard of quality. We expect our automobiles to operate safely and not to put us in harm’s way. We expect our medications to help make us healthier and not make us sicker. And we expect every day household items to be manufactured to a standard that allows us to use them without concern for our safety or health.

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