Consumers in Hawaii may face unexpected risks when they buy common household products. Toys, furniture and even supplements can be defective, poorly made or dangerous. Some well-known product recalls make the news, especially when serious injuries or fatalities are involved, but many consumers don't know much about the process that companies use to determine when to issue a recall.
Products liability law is the field of law whereby each segment within the chain of manufacture may be held liable for damage caused by a product. This may include the actual manufacturer, the assembler, the wholesaler and the Hawaii retailer of the product. The consumer who purchased the product or someone who used the product may be potential plaintiffs. The claim may be filed under a negligence theory, as a tortious misrepresentation, as a warranty claim or under strict liability.
Owners of some Kia vehicles in Hawaii are waiting for the Korean automobile manufacturer to determine how to fix faulty airbag systems that have prompted a recall. Shortly after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated deaths caused by airbag failures in certain Kia models, the company issued a recall of over 500,000 vehicles in the United States.
Hawaii homeowners and apartment renters may be interested to learn that, on March 22, it was reported that United Technologies Corporation UTX issued a recall for 425,000 Kidde smoke alarms. The company said that there were manufacturing defects that could cause the alarm to fail to alert owners of a fire.