Do Recalls Expire? Find Out Everything You Need to Know
Product recalls are simply a part of a fast-paced global economy. But even though there is a rigorous recall system to address hazardous products, many consumers often have many questions about the process. What should you do if you think you have a product subject to a recall? Instead of spending a lot of time figuring it all out on your own, DoNotPay's automated recall services can help you navigate the recall process and take action.
The Ins and Outs of How Long Recalls Last
For the most part, product recalls don't expire. Although a company-- especially an automaker--might recommend an immediate repair to address a recall, it might take a long time to fully deal with many products recalls. To successfully terminate a recall, a company has to complete the following basic checklist according to the FDA :
- Form a recall plan with their DRC (Division Recall Coordinator).
- Notify consumers.
- Make all reasonable efforts to address the recall.
- Receive written notification from the correct agency that the recall plan was successful.
Recall Terminations Are Somewhat Rare
Because it's challenging to completely repair or remove all the circulating products subject to a recall, recall terminations are not all that common. The process to obtain a recall termination is rigorous, as the relevant company has the burden of proving that "all reasonable efforts have been made to remove or correct the product in accordance with the recall strategy." According to the FDA's database, most non-food/drug recalls have remained active over the last few years.
However, the process can be slightly different for items like food and drugs, and recalls are more likely to be terminated. In most cases, the hazardous food item or drug will simply be removed entirely from stores and advise customers to return or dispose of the item.
Find Out if a Product Recall Has Expired and Take Action
To learn more about a potential product recall, you could start by perusing the following federal databases:
- FDA recall database to search for a recall for most products
- Recalls and outbreaks database
- NHTSA recall database (for vehicles)
These sites can get you started, although what happens from there is primarily up to you. Although the FDA would like you to safely dispose of certain items, finding detailed guidance on how to do this might be difficult. For many products, you will simply have to call the company's customer service and see if they have any additional information to give you beyond the initial recall notice.
Obtaining a Refund or a Repair
In most situations, you will have to show a receipt or proof of purchase to move forward with a refund or repair for a recall. If you're dealing directly with the manufacturer, this could end up being a lengthy and difficult process, even if the recall itself seems straightforward. Although you might have more success dealing with a store that sold you a product, there is a significant range of outcomes if you plan to follow up on a recall yourself.
Do Car Recalls Expire?
The good news for car owners is that you don't have to worry about being the original purchaser of the car subject to a recall. When the owner transfers the ownership of a car, the recall does not expire. Typically, all you need to get started on a recall are:
- VIN on the vehicle
- Registration in your name
When the manufacturer announces a recall, no matter how long it's been, you should be able to contact the company's customer service and find a way to make the necessary repairs.
Finding Recalls and Filing Claims With DoNotPay
Instead of dealing with customer service or the store where you bought a product, can help you collect and store all the information you need to move forward on a product recall.
How the Product Recall Claims product works in just five simple steps:
- Tell us about your purchase, including the product name, brand, store you purchased the item from, price, and date of purchase. If you purchased the item online, enter your transaction details and payment method as well.
- Tell us how you found out about the recall.
- Choose whether you want a refund, repair, or replacement.
- Upload photographic evidence of your purchase and the product if you still have it.
- Choose whether you have the capacity to return the item or not.
And that's it. DoNotPay will send your recall request to the manufacturing company on your behalf, asking for a refund, repair, or replacement. You should hear back from the company directly to confirm how the refund/replacement will be issued or the next steps to get the item repaired.
Why Use DoNotPay to Solve the Recalls Expire
|You don't have to spend hours trying to solve the issue.
|You don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in solving your problem.
|You can rest assured knowing we'll make the best case for you.
DoNotPay 's Recall Monitoring
In addition to assisting you in filing a claim for an existing recall, DoNotPay also helps you stay on top of recalls by storing any receipts that you have. Once you've signed up, all you have to do is email in any relevant receipts, and DoNotPay will automatically check for recalls for you. There is even an auto-forwarding option that can send over digital receipts as you make purchases, allowing you to monitor for future recalls without lifting a finger.
DoNotPay 's Other Services
Because manufacturers constantly add new recalls, DoNotPay is invaluable for product recalls. From sunscreen recalls and individual state recalls (like California) to car recalls and more, DoNotPay is designed to give consumers all the tools they need.
Beyond recalls, DoNotPay can help you claim a warranty, get , appeal parking tickets in any city, and much more. Let DoNotPay help you solve a problem today like recalls in the healthcare, fitness, and food industries, pet food recalls usually offer compensation to refund the purchase.