As a DePuy hip recall attorney, product recalls are on my mind right now. Every day I talk to victims who are experiencing excruciating pain and suffering which has left them unable to work or lead a normal life. Unfortunately, we as consumers put a lot of trust into the products that we buy, assuming that they must be safe if they’ve made it to the mainstream market. As a hip replacement recall attorney, I try to remind my clients that unfortunately, these product manufacturers do not always put the best interest of the consumer before profits.
In addition to the top 5 product recalls for child products and food, these are the top five recalls for vehicles and medication, according to this article from Time Magazine.
In early 2010, Toyota announced a 4.1 million vehicle recall based on defective gas pedals which caused unintended acceleration. Just two months earlier, they had recalled 5.3 million vehicles for sticky floor mats that jammed pedals. Back in 1978, Ford recalled 1.5 million Pintos due to the fact that the fuel tank assembly could cause an explosion in the event of a car accident. Firestone and Bridgestone tire blowouts were responsible for 175 fatalities and 700 injuries, making it one of the most tragic recalls in history.
In 1982 someone tampered with extra-strength tylenol and added potassium cyanide into the bottles. Seven people were killed and the crisis lead to the required use of tamper-proof caps on bottles. In 2004, Merck recalled the arthritis drug Vioxx once it was found that the drug increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. The company ended up settling 27,000 lawsuits for $4.85 billion.