Nearly Half Of Americans Have Owned A Recalled Product

Posted: Apr 12 2010, 9:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:31pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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Did you buy a lead-paint toy? How about an unstoppable runaway car? Or maybe you got your hands on one of Sony's exploding batteries. If this is you, you fit in line with nearly half of American consumers.

A new survey from reveals than 47% of American adults have owned at least one recalled consumer product. As you might expect, the highest categories on this list at automotive products and child/infant toys.

Spurred by Toyota's recent gigantic recall, the survey found 33% of respondents saying that they have owned a recalled car. And with the bevy of lead paint investigations and faulty crib reports over the past couple years, 16% said they have owned a "child or infant product or toy" that was recalled.

12% have owned a recalled household appliance, 7% have been victim to a recalled drug, and 3% had a medical device that was pulled from the shelves.

Interestingly, electronic devices were not high up on the list. That's surprising when you look through the history of computer batteries, phone chargers, and GPS units that have been recalled, some of which reach tens of millions of consumers.

But perhaps it's just that the average consumer just isn't aware of these, what you could call, "minor" product recalls. Of course people pay attention when their car has a safety problem, something may affect the well-being of their child, or a drug they're taking could bring about unexpected side effects. Put into perspective, a faulty memory unit in a GPS device doesn't seem that extreme.

4% of respondents said they have owned an "Other" recalled product that was not part of the above-mentioned list.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at




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