Eighty-three percent (312) of the 377 recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2009 were from foreign manufacturers.
Despite this fact, foreign manufacturers are able to skirt the law and export billions of dollars of products to the U.S. without facing the same legal accountability for product defects that U.S. manufacturers face, even when their products injure or kill Americans.
Foreign corporations shouldn’t be able to export their products to our country without following the same laws we have to follow.
The 2009 CPSC data is similar to the 2008 figures, when 84% (329) of recalls were from foreign manufacturers out of 392 total recalls for the year.
Currently, bringing a case against a foreign manufacturer requires serving legal notice on the company in their country. This often means translating the papers into the language of the native country and tracking down the companies’ foreign address, adding time and thousands of dollars in expense to the legal process.
One example of foreign manufacturers escaping accountability involves Taishan Gypsum, a Chinese manufacturer of drywall. Over 500 million pounds of the sulfuric gas-emitting Chinese drywall was shipped to the U.S., which is now plaguing thousands thousands of homeowners. Taishan Gypsum , a company owned by the Chinese government , is currently being held in default for failing to respond to a putative class action brought by builders that used the company’s drywall in homes. The final default ruling is expected any day out of the U.S. District Court in New Orleans.