▲ ▼ Gadget recall monitoring and alert
Gadget recall happens all the time, Usually due to safety concerns regarding battery or fire hazard from the electronics.
Those who have registered their product on the manufacturer's site or use a connected device where the manufacturer knows the email id get intimations via email about the product recall but others loose out.
There are several reasons for why someone might never register their product, Especially common among aged people. I think it's about time we come up with better mechanisms to monitor gadget recalls and inform the owners.
I create a google alert for the gadgets I buy e.g. 'iPhone recall' and get an email alert immediately when any major news on that is published. Perhaps this could be automated a bit, But I don't think that it could be done without deliberate consumer action.