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The Top 5 Product Recalls in Business History

When purchasing a product a person is putting trust in the manufacturer and the market. The only way it is available for purchase is because it had to go through numerous tests to ensure safety, durability, etc. This trust can only go so far with products as many are not tested in every way possible or for a extended amount of time such as years. Many recalls are considered subtle because the greater amount of the general public were not users or were not even aware of the products existence. It hits home when a recall is made and the primary users have small odds such as 1 in 4 people.

According to Time Magazine the following are some of the top 5 product recalls in business history.

Infantino’s Baby Slings

Over one million Infantin’s baby slings were recalled in March of 2010 after 3 reported infant deaths occurred in conjunction to the product. There were warnings posted from the Consumer Product Safety Commission 2 weeks prior, which reported that the sling could easily cause suffocation to an infant 4 months or younger. Advisably there are investigations being conducted for at least 14 infant deaths over the last two decades to see if there is a correlation between the slings and cause of death.

Ford Pinto

Are you an owner of a vintage subcompact car such as the Ford Pinto? Prior to the vehicle’s release many concerns were relayed that the fuel tanks position to the rear bumper could potentially cause an explosion in a rear end collision. Ford made no effort to redesign this flaw and released the Pinto to the public. The worst was expected when Ford received numerous lawsuits and criminal charges so they recalled 1.5 million Pinto’s in 1978. Ford finally fixed the pending issue and redesigned the fuel tank to prevent fire hazard or explosions if the vehicle was impacted from the rear.

Tylenol Tampering

In 1982 there were 7 reported deaths after consuming tylenol in Chicago, which still remains unsolved. It was later found that the medicine was laced with potassium cyanide. The entire city went into a panic and urged everyone to discard whatever tylenol there was in their possession. Soon enough the entire country was throwing out this medicine when copy cats of the original crime laced other bottles with poisons. Johnson finally recalled their product from stores nationwide. When tylenol was released again there was an added “tamper proof” seal on every bottle regulated by the FDA to ensure no one could poison an unexpecting person again.

Vioxx: Heart Stopper

The pharmaceutical company Merk recalled their arthritis medication Vioxx after discovering patients being treated for as little as 18 months were experiencing heart attack and stroke. The company referred to this recall as a precautionary measure and based the patient results on a study that had been performed. In 2007 Merk payed out close to 5 million dollars for 27,000 lawsuits where consumers had experienced injuries, trauma, or even death from taking the drug.

China’s Product Safety Recalls

Over 700 tons of baby formula was recalled from China’s market after one infant died and 50 other infants developed kidney problems. The reason for this recall was due to the manufacturer cutting corners in the products quality. To boost the formula’s protein, Melamine was added to the mixture. Melamine is used in the production of plastic and is toxic if consumed. After investigation, 2 men were sentenced to death when their role in this scheme was unveiled. It did not stop there, a few years later dog and cat food were removed from the Chinese market after 14 pet deaths due to Melamine. In 2007 certain toys were also recalled when the FDA discovered hazards involving toxic lead paint and magnet parts on Mattel products such as Polly Pocket and Barbie.

The recalls listed include many everyday materials. Imagine hearing about a recall on an item except it is not as easy as taking it back to the store to return it because it is implanted in your body. Recently Stryker hip recalls began to take place after extreme heavy metal poisoning occurrences were reported. According to the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers on Stryker hip implants it is said, “…the design still allowed for metal-on-metal where the parts connected resulting in complications including: dislocations, fractures, metal fretting, metal poisoning of the blood, pain, and abnormal tissue growth known as pseudo tumors.” With risks to the overall health and long term it is important to initiate the proper measures to check if your body has already been damaged. Seeking assistance for a recall and claim like this requires immediate action to ensure your health, well-being, and vitality.

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