Even when an injured consumer or aggrieved purchaser does not have the legal avenue of a lawsuit, there is a public agency that has a vested interest in being notified of losses and harms caused by deefective or dangerous products. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Think about that, despite the increase in the number of consumer goods and the United States population over the last three decades, the indigents of product related injury and fatal accidents has declined.
I recall utilizing the CPSC’s resources as a young lawyer when researching dangerous air guns and other recreational products. It is important for everyone to report defective or dangerous products, as the CPSC does not just collect data of harmful products, but also injuries. Recalls by this governmental agency can prevent other consumers from being injured. Plus, holding manufacturers accountable for shoddy and harmful products helps keep safe product makers competitive while punishing those who supply dangerous goods to U.S. consumers.
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908