Recalls, Voluntary

Consumer product recalls occur frequently. In 2000, there were at least 2,523 voluntary recalls. Recalls publicize product dangers and request that consumers return the defective product for repair or replacement. In fact, the recall is a specific type of communication campaign full of ethical considerations. Federal regulatory agencies involved with recalls include the Food & Drug Administration, with 1915 recalls in 2000, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Consumer Product Safety Commission, with similar totals of 227 and 207 recalls in 2000. There were 76 U.S. Department of Agriculture recalls in 2000, 32 at the Environmental Protection Agency, and 23 at the U.S. Coast Guard. It is unfortunately impossible to update the 2000 statistics due to changes in regulatory agency recall data release ...

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