If I own or use a recalled product, am I able to sue for damages?

Not always. A product recall in itself is not sufficient grounds to launch a claim against a product’s manufacturer, even though a recall notice can be used to help a court infer that a product is defective or a safety risk in a lawsuit. To have an actionable claim against a manufacturer a person must demonstrate that the product’s maker breached a duty of care (in contract or in law) owed to consumers and that this breach caused tangible damages.