Product malfunctions, issues and defects are things that happen all the time in California and across the country. When a problem is reported concerning a product, it is taken seriously at all levels. Some product issues pose serious liability for manufacturers while others are a simple inconvenience for you, the consumer. Regardless, when a product could pose harm, there are many ways authorities try to get the word out about it. The most common is to issue a recall. There are plenty of ways you can learn about a defective product recall.
According to Real Simple, your first way of finding out about a recall is by registering the warranty of products you buy. When you do this, you are put on a list that will be automatically alerted if a recall is made on the product you bought. Of course, not all products have warranties. Food items, for example, would not have a way to register your purchase. However, stores with loyalty cards often do keep records of what you have bought, and they may contact you directly about a recall. So, keep your eyes open for emails or postal mail items of this nature.
Another option for finding out about recalls is through the federal government. You can visit the recall website that keeps information on many different consumer goods, including food. This site keeps recall records and is searchable. If you have a reason to believe something you bought is defective, you can check this site. This information is for education and is not legal advice.