Ohio residents might be frustrated as the 2019 shutdown of the federal government drags on. Though things seem to be improving and many federal entities are preparing to resume business as usual, there may be some lasting effects of one of the longest shutdowns in history. One thing people may not know is that while the some government entities were closed down or operating on a skeleton staff, everyday consumers were at risk because nobody was watching to issue a product recall, if necessary.
Under normal circumstances, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, helps companies issue and enforce a product recall if a product is found to be dangerous to consumers. In recent weeks, the CPSC was unavailable to do this very important job, leaving consumers in the dark about the dangers of an item they purchased. With most consumers unaware that nobody is watching out for their safety and the safety of their family, there is no telling how many people have been injured or made ill by a product that would have been recalled under normal circumstances.
The FDA and USDA also report staffing issues, and they may have admittedly let dangerous consumables slip through the cracks. Before the shutdown, one of the most major recalls was a type of water heater that posed a serious carbon monoxide poisoning risk to customers. Last year at this time, these entities handled many recalls, including children’s coats and shower seats. This year, they admit that even the websites used to warn consumers are probably not up to date.
If an Ohio resident has been injured by a product, he or she may be upset. If the item should have been included in a product recall, or was included but consumers were not properly warned, the situation could cause an injury or illness could have been avoided. An injured consumer may want to contact an attorney that has experience handling product recalls. An experienced attorney can help a victim who was injured or made ill as a result of a bad or faulty product. In some cases, victims may be entitled to monetary damages or compensation as a result of their suffering.