What kind of an unintended impact do you think safety warnings and consumer product recalls like this have on people?What kind of an unintended impact do you think safety warnings and consumer...

What kind of an unintended impact do you think safety warnings and consumer product recalls like this have on people?

What kind of an unintended impact do you think safety warnings and consumer product recalls like this have on people?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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America has become such a litigious society that there are warning labels on almost anything. People should not have to be told not to use a hair dryer in the bathtub or put a plastic bag in a baby's crib. Sometimes when I read a warning label, I shudder to think that it had a precedent. Sometimes warning labels are important, but sometimes they are just insulting.
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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They generate often unwarranted fear of a product.  Say, for example, a car is recalled because a faulty part caused accidents in 30 out of 3 million cars.  The recall is justified, sure, but will likely seriously impact sales of the vehicle, both short and long term, with an economic impact out of proportion to the risk posed by the defect.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I would definitely agree with post 2 about "scaremongering". One example I can think of is the recent crib recall. While it is terrible for any child to die in their bed, the number of children who actually perished is far less than what the media portrays (less than one a year). Often these deaths occured when the item was improperly used. The news would like you to believe that these drop-side cribs are death traps when that is not really the case. The actual recall is a "recall to fix", meaning that the manufacturer has a simple addition to make the product more safe. Recalls can often be blown out of proportion in the media or completely misunderstood. This might unintentionally make consumers less likely to purchase such a product or confused as to its actual safety level.
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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I would have to agree with post #2 in that one of the biggest impacts is the panic a safety recall can create. In today'sworld of technology there is more information available and it becomes increasingly harder for the public to determine the truth in all cases.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Also, warnings and recalls can have a very negative impact in terms of scaremongering. The media tend to distort such recalls, creating massive panic among the consumer community which can really damage sales of a particular item. Even if it is just a small batch of an item that is affected, the media can ensure that people never buy this item again because of scaremongering.

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