You can get hundreds of dollars when you participate in product recalls for items you have in your home.
Every year there are thousands of product recalls made across all industries particularly pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, and consumer products. Many of which offer free repair, replacement or a full refund upon returning their product.
Learn how to protect yourself and your family from unsafe products in your home and get compensated at the same time:
- Types Of Recalls
- Find Recall Information For Identification
- Recall Participation Process
1. Types Of Recalls
In general, all recalls arise from health and safety concerns for products on the market. This can be for many reasons like:
- Non-compliance with safety standards and regulations
- Labeling Issues – Omitted information, mislabeling, misleading information
- Faulty or failing in purpose
- Unknown danger leading to injury
- New regulations
- Other issues
In most cases, recalls can be issued by the companies voluntarily without receiving fines or other consequences either legally or with their public image. Depending on the severity, negligence or egregiousness of the reason why the recall was issued they are classified into levels I, II, or III. Each of which with their own specification on conducting the recall and actions the company must complete in order to avoid legal ramifications.
If the company does not voluntarily issue a recall then they will be forced to issue a recall by government agencies such as the: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), (FCC), Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), (DOT) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), USDA, Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Occupational Safety, Health Administration (OSHA) et al.
2. Where To Find Recall Information For Identification:
The best source to find recalls is the CPSC website at cpsc.gov. From there you can subscribe to their email list to get updates on the latest product recalls which I highly recommend.
Scroll through each of the pages or select a category or initiate a search and look for products listed you own.
When you find one and click on it you will see the official recall notice with a brief description of the product, a picture of the product, the hazard it presents, the remedy you can receive, how to contact the company, and the next steps you need to take.
3. Recall Participation Process
Usually, once you identify a product you known as a recalled item, you will need to get in contact with the company. Most companies have a page link at the very bottom of their home page titles “recalls.” Once selected you will receive more information and see more pictures of the product.
They will then tell you either to make an appointment for a free repair, send you a repair kit in the mail, offer you a replacement product, offer you store credit, or they may tell you to visit a local store to receive the store credit or often a full refund to return the product!
No receipt or proof of purchase is required but they may require it to be a specific date code or it must have other information to verify the product.
Sometimes they may just contact known purchasers directly via email – this is especially the case if it was sold exclusively online.
You shouldn’t use these products because they are dangerous and cause serious injury or death. Often if the compensation for the product is low I will just toss the item instead of getting 5 dollars of store credit for wasting an hour of my time but when I can receive a full cash refund of a substantial amount for buying a recalled product then I’m definitely getting my money back.
Some recent renown recalls include:
- Beats Pill XL made by Apple: Full refund of $325. Reason: Internal attery poses a risk of overheating or igniting a fire. No reports of fires linked to the product to-date.
- Ikea Chests of Drawers and Dressers – 100+ Models over 14 years of production: Full refund +tax depending on date code on the date stamp for $40-600. Reason: Easily tipped-over when weight is applied to furniture if not properly anchored to a wall. Responsible for the deaths of 8 young children to-date and many other reports of injury. Read our other articles on the requirement details and how to find the date stamp on your recalled chest or dresser.
- Rock and Play Sleepers: Multiple models and companies involved giving full refunds to participants ranging between $40-300. Reason: The design of infant sleeper allows them to roll over and suffocate. Responsible for 30 infant deaths to-date.
- Takata airbags installed in vehicles made by all automakers and models are currently the most massive recall ever. Make an appointment to receive free replacement airbags and installation. Reason: When the airbags deploy they can explode and shoot out pieces of metal at occupants. Responsible for 16 deaths to-date.
- Kidde brand fire extinguishers as well as fire alarms that are recalled will receive a free replacement product. Reason: Extinguishers may become clogged and/or are difficult to initiate which may lead to failure to deploy to extinguish a fire. Faulty fire alarms failed to sound in reaction to detection.
There are thousands more recalled products out there, some of which you will undoubtedly have in your home right now. Keep your family safe and make sure you remove recalled items immediately.
If you are denied a remedy for your recalled product do not resell the item because it is illegal to resell recalled products.