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Safety recalls are made when a manufacturer determines that their product has a safety-related defect or does not comply with federal regulations.  It happens more often than you would expect.  The trick is to stay on top of recalls to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 

Along with vehicle recalls, there are food, furniture, and other recalls.  If you are unsure about the safety of something in your possession and have not received a recall notice, you can always visit the Consumer Product Safety Commissions site to help you determine the item's safety.  You can always visit the Food and Drug Administration's site for additional inquiries on recalls.    

Often, manufacturers find reason for a recall and do so voluntarily.  Other times, the FDA may recommend a recall to a manufacturer. Food manufacturers' ethical responsibility is to recall items that are contaminated or mislabeled, but this is not always a requirement.  Recalls are extremely expensive, but the alternative could cost millions if a consumer decides to sue.  Food contamination or mislabeling could cause someone to get very sick, and could possibly cause a fatality.

Electronics and furniture recalls can be just as serious.  Electronics that spontaneously catch fire and furniture that can easily topple over are just two of the many reasons for recalls.  The Consumer Products Safety Commissions site can keep you abreast of the latest in these recalls, too.  

Vehicle recalls happen all the time.  Some are dangerous recalls–vehicles might have issues with their braking, acceleration, and steering systems.  Many recalls are less significant and do not have potential life-threatening issues. The scary thing is that 35-40% of dangerous recalls are not taken in for the free repair service.  To make sure that your vehicle has not listed a recall for any of its parts, visit the Safer Car site.  

As a consumer, it is your responsibility to react as requested when receiving a recall notice.  It is for your protection, and that of others, that you take your vehicle in or dispose of your contaminated food.  The FDA and CPSC want the best in health and safety for everyone, just like AAA wants the best in insurance coverage for everyone.  Contact your trusted AAA Insurance agent today and make sure your policies still meet your needs.

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