One of the most important tasks of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency "committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard," is initiating product recalls.
At this time of the year, it's not just high school classrooms and hallways that are once again bustling with activity, but athletic fields, weight rooms and locker rooms as well. That's because students are embarking on seasons in football, soccer and cross-country, while others are busy training for their respective winter or spring activities.
Imagine being forced to live with a dangerous and defective product that you could not dispose of and couldn't even stop interacting with. This is effectively the fate of countless Americans who are implanted with a defective medical device. Not only can these dangerous devices cause serious and permanent health problems, but removing them from the body can require multiple surgeries - if they can be removed at all.