Amazon is one of the largest marketplaces in the world. People in New Jersey and around the country know they can find whatever they need on the site, and they may trust the Amazon brand name. Unfortunately, not all of the products listed on Amazon’s website are safe.

Congress gets involved

Amazon claims that it can’t be responsible for all of the products sold in its marketplace. However, some of the AmazonBasics branded items available for sale have caught fire or otherwise been reported dangerous. Several members of the House of Representatives have called for action and want to see Amazon take responsibility for the items sold on its marketplace. The representatives believe that Amazon should issue recalls for defective products and exercise more oversight of the marketplace in general. They are shocked that dozens of hazardous products are available for sale at one of America’s largest retailers.

News outlets like CNN have also conducted their own investigations. In looking at Amazon’s site, reporters found reviews indicating that products were exploding, catching fire and even melting. All of this attention could have serious consequences for Amazon. Regulators are starting to question whether the company’s role as a marketplace and a seller violates antitrust law.

If you have been injured by a defective product, it might be a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney may be able to help determine whether you have grounds for a product liability lawsuit. It might be possible to recover damages for financial and material losses related to defective products. An attorney may help you gather evidence and file your claim for a settlement or a court trial.