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Office of Consumer Protection

Product Recalls

There are hundreds of household items, automobile and child safety seat recalls issued every year. Unless you saw the news you may not know that for example, a power tool that you own has been recalled for electrical problems and could cause you injury. Consumers are urged to check the following websites frequently for product recalls. Make sure that you protect you and your family from recalled and dangerous products.
General Federal Consumer Recalls:    www.recalls.gov
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Check the CPSC's "Recalls and other Press Releases" page frequently for the latest information on recalls. You can get recall information sent to you automatically via CPSC's e-mail subscription list or fax-on-demand service. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, use the website or call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under the U.S. Department of Transportation, is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.
NHTSA has a toll-free Auto Safety Hotline to provide recall information, receive motor vehicle safety complaints and furnish consumers with a wide range of information on auto safety. The nationwide toll-free number is 888-DASH-2-DOT (888-327-4236). In the Washington, DC metropolitan area the number is 202-366-0123. NHTSA also has a Child Passenger Safety page that provides Child Safety Seat recall information. .
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
U.S. Department of Agriculture The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

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