Product Recalls

A product recall is a request to return a product after the discovery of safety issues or product defects that might endanger the consumer or put the maker/seller at risk of legal action.

The recall is an effort to limit ruination of the corporate image and limit liability for corporate negligence, which can cause significant legal costs. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to determine how costly can be releasing to the consumer a product that could endanger someone’s life and the economic loss resulting from unwanted publicity. Recalls are costly. Costs include having to handle the recalled product, replacing it and possibly being held financially responsible for the consequences of the recalled product.

Historically, textile and apparel product recalls have been related to issues with flame
retardancy or small objects that can become loose and pose choking hazards for small children. In
comparison to consumer products in general, such recalls have been few and far between.

But the spate of recent consumer product recalls has prompted more than a few yarn
spinners to ponder the potential impact on manufacturing of heightened consumer awareness about
product safety issues. In recent years, numerous headlines have warned about contaminated and more as well as unsafe product ingredients, such as lead-based paint in product recalls.

As a result, many consumer product manufacturers are starting to respond to
increasing demand for accurate and complete product information at every stage of the supply chain.
Some yarn spinners say it’s just a matter of time before the textile industry also must address
these issues.