People often hear of "voluntary" manufacturer recalls in Atlanta and may think that returning the affected products or items is optional. The fact is that the word "voluntary" is simply meant to show that the manufacturer has worked out a deal with the appropriate government oversight agency to remove a potentially dangerous product from the market. If and when an injury or illness occurs as a result of using a recalled product, one may still seek compensation from the manufacturer.
Recently, Proctor and Gamble issued a voluntary recall of some of their dry Iams and Eukanuba dog and cat food that had been distributed in Georgia and other states. The concern surrounds a small percentage of the food that was manufactured and packaged at a single facility during a brief 10-day period that could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. While the pet safety was the primary reason for the recall, the possibility of infected animals transmitting the disease to their owners was reportedly a major concern, as well.
Ignoring the human safety element of such a recall, one may wonder if he or she may seek compensation for injuries to a pet. While most human rights don't extend to animals, pets are considered to be property. As such, an owner may seek compensation for injuries or the death of a pet typically up to the current market value of the animal.
Whatever the intended use of a defective product, the manufacturer may still be held liable if the product causes harm to a user. Anyone suffering from injuries or distress that came from using a recalled product may want to consult with a personal injury attorney to find out what he or she may be entitled to.
Source: Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution " Procter & Gamble recalls some Iams dry dog, cat food " Christopher Seward, August 16, 2013