Spotlight-Consumer Product Safety Commission
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been working for 30 years to ensure the safety of consumer products by providing information to the public (product recalls, safety alerts, new laws/regulations). Since its inception in 1972, the agency has contributed to a 30% decline in deaths and injuries associated with consumer products.
About the CPSC
CPSC is an Independent Federal Regulatory Agency that “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,” CPSC.gov.
According to CPSC.gov, the commission has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products used in and around the home, in sports, recreation and schools. The only products the CPSC does not have authority to recall are automobiles, tires, boats, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, food, drugs, cosmetics, pesticides, and medical devices. CPSC is responsible for the following:
- developing voluntary standards with industry
- issuing and enforcing mandatory standards or banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public
- obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair
- conducting research on potential product hazards
- informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries
Facts about Recalls
CPSC is likely most well known for their role in recalling unsafe consumer products, especially those that pose a risk to children. Recall facts:
- CPSC announces recalls of products that present a significant risk to consumers either because the product may be defective or violates a mandatory standard issued by CPSC.
- There is usually no end date to a product recall.
- Consumers do not always get their money back when a product is recalled.
- Consumers are encouraged to report an unsafe product to CPSC.
- Recall information is constantly updated on the CPSC web site.
Contact an Experienced Safety Recall Attorney
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