Recall Resources for Consumer Products
A recall, also known as a safety recall or product recall, is the process by which a manufacturer retrieves defective products from consumers and businesses. When a product is recalled, companies use various media including the internet, email, mail, television, word of mouth and other communication tools to let people know that a product may be defective.
Product and safety recalls usually occur due to safety concerns caused by a product defect that could cause harm to the user. Consumers may receive a replacement, the item may be repaired or refurbished, or they may receive some type of compensation in return.
Who is Responsible for Monitoring Recalls?
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for protecting the public from risks of injury or death from consumer products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal regulatory agency formed in 1972 that works to protect the public through through education, safety standards activities, regulation, and enforcement.
Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than almost $1 trillion each year in various types of costs.
Any manufacturer could potentially issue a product recall, but some of the most common examples of product recalls and safety recalls include: child products, toys and games, household products, outdoor products, Recreational items, food safety, Automobile defects and electronics.
When Is a Private Investigator Needed?
Private Investigators may be hired by a private party to investigate certain cases. Detectives may conduct research, interview witnesses, take photos of injuries or damaged / broken products, and more. They may also be called upon to testify in court regarding their findings.
Resources for Consumer Product and Safety Concerns
For more information and data, please visit one of the following websites:
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission Official Website – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website contains data on over 5000 product recalls and recall alerts. Use the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to search for product information by product type, company, hazard, and more.
- Child Safety Seat Recalls – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Child Seat Recall Campaign website, SaferCar.gov. The website provides information on child safety seat recalls for the past 10 years. Use the website to search or file a complaint against a child safety seat.
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Food Recalls – The FDA works with industry and our state partners to publish press releases and other public notices about recalls that may potentially present a significant or serious risk to the consumer or user of the product. This site provides a list of recalled food, food withdrawals, and food alerts, broken down by health alert, health risks and allergy alert.
- Safety Commission Toy Hazard Recalls – Consumer product safety commission list of recalled toys.