One of the important things I’d like to do with this site is provide a place where parents can get quick, easy access to recall information for children’s products. Up-to-date recalls will be posted, and eventually we’ll have a sign-up for a monthly or weekly electronic newsletter that will, among other things, contain current recall information.
But what is a recall of a consumer product such as a toy or child safety seat? A recall is a corrective action by a company with regard to a product that it has discovered may be unreasonably dangerous to users. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has jurisdiction over toys and child safety seats sold in the United States, as well as other consumer products such as household appliances, sporting equipment and furnaces. It does not have jurisdiction over motor vehicles, drugs, pesticides or medical devices (other government agencies have jurisdiction over those).
The Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) is the umbrella statute for the CPSC. Section 2064(b) of the Act requires manufacterers, importers, distributors and Retailers to report to CPSC information about products that are potentially hazardous.
A firm or company must notify the CPSC if it discovers information that suggests one of it’s products:
1) contains a defect that could create a substantial product hazard;
2) presents an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death;
3) violates a mandatory CPSC standard.
If you would like to report a toy, car seat or other product that you believe is dangerous, go here.
As I stated above, we will soon have a regular email or electronic newsletter going out with current recall information. If you would like to receive this information, please email me, Bryan Slaughter.