Typically, a recall is a product that is removed from the market or a correction made to the product because it is potentially harmful, mislabeled or adulterated in some manner that is inconsistent with the original formula as it pertains to interstate commerce.
Consumer products include appliances, clothing, electronic/electrical goods, furniture, household, children’s products, outdoor or sports/exercise products and lighting/lighters.
The public should assume that consumer products are safe for use and the use of these products should not result in injury or death. In the event that consumer products are recalled, it may be due to several reasons: because the product poses a hazard to the general public compromising their health and safety or it may potentially be contaminated, mislabeled or poorly manufactured.
It is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe to the general public. When this is in question, there are three options available: a voluntary recall by the manufacturer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may request that the product be removed from the shelf or it may issue a recall the product as mandated by its recall authority.
Due to the wide variety of uses that consumer products have infiltrated into our daily lives, it is of the utmost importance that safety remains the top priority for consumer products.
Concerned consumers may determine that a particular product has been recalled by:
- News media. For widespread distribution of consumer products, the news media may announce it in the media (newspaper, television news report).
- Consumers may report complaints on unsafe consumer products through The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s portal website: https://www.saferproducts.gov/CPSRMSPublic/Incidents/ReportIncident.asp
- Check for recalled consumer products at the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/
- Consumers may also report hazardous consumer products or obtain the status of such products by calling The Consumer Product Safety Commission toll-free: (800) 638-2772
- Concerned consumers can check whether a product has been recalled by doing a search on: http://www.recalls.gov/search.html
This website conducts recalls from all agencies.
Once you have discovered that a consumer product has been recalled, you have several options:
- Recalled consumer products may be eligible for refund.
- Manufacturers may decide to replace the defective product.
- Follow the recalled consumer product for further instructions
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has jurisdiction on consumer goods including recalls. It oversees consumer products and monitors the safety of these products for public consumption and ensures that defective products are recalled.
Past Consumer Product Recalls