Why Reporting Unsafe Products is So Important
According to an online news story posted on marshalltribune.com, many people are injured, burned, or killed by dangerous products. When these incidents happen, people often choose to warn family members, complain to the maker, post negative reviews, and/or report their situation on social media. However, most people are unaware of the benefits of reporting unsafe products to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent governmental agency that works to protect the public from injuries or deaths caused by thousands of consumer products. The CPSC also regulates products such as cribs, toys, power tools, household chemicals, lawnmowers, ATVs, appliances, motorized vehicles., and any other consumer item that pose an electrical, fire, mechanical, or chemical hazard.
The CPSC depends on people harmed by unsafe products to inform the agency. The following are four reasons why you must report the dangerous product to CPSC.
- Unsafe products cannot report themselves. The CPSC depends on consumers to inform them of potentially dangerous products. It is a mistake to assume that someone else will report the danger to the CPSC.
- Your report helps the CPSC solve the problem. When a product is reported to the CPSC, the CPSC meticulously assesses unsafe product reports to determine the best course of action. Corrective action might include recalling the unsafe product, creating new regulations to address the danger, or issuing monetary fines to the manufacturer.
- You may learn from or contribute to the CPSC’s database of unsafe products. Before making a purchase, you can search the CPSC’s website to find out if a product has been reported as unsafe. The CPSC’s website is SaferProducts.gov.
- Your action may save lives. After you submit your unsafe product report, the CPSC will investigate the defect and determine the best actions. Oftentimes, the CPSC will require the unsafe product to be pulled off of store shelves.
The CPSC has launched a new website called SaferProducts.gov. The SaferProducts.gov website is new and improved. The website was updated to make it simpler for people to use and obtain information. The site can help you avoid buying or using products that might pose a risk of burns, injury, or death.
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