The real story behind a product recall is not always the narrative of negligent corporation vs. the little guy consumer. In a great long read from Popular Mechanics, Dan Koeppel explains the complicated reality behind product recalls. Far more often than you might suspect, there's nothing demonstrably wrong with the product.

3 Responses to “Behind the scenes: Product recalls”

  1. Mister44 says:

    Im looking forward to reading the article. I don’t know how baby item manufacturers make money. They can sell 1 Million of a crib, but because 2 kids died in it, they have to recall all of them.

  2. zarray says:

    Now that I think about it, I’ve never returned a recalled product. Probably because 98% of them are baby cribs and car seats. 

  3. Lt. Col. w00t says:

    Interesting that there is no mention of the “prototypical” media frenzy over a questionable recall: the Ford Explorer/Firestone debacle.

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