If you’ve ever had to return a product because of a recall, you likely know of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This government agency is vital to the health, safety and well-being of Americans when it comes to preventing them from suffering injuries due to defective or unsafe products. The agency succeeds when citizens report unsafe products.
The CPSC is responsible for warning the public about defective, unsafe or otherwise dangerous products. Recalls are issued by the agency in an effort to prevent the public from suffering injuries, some of which can be fatal. It is up to the consumer to follow the recall alert issued by the CPSC.
Consumers can also research products using data from the CPSC before buying said product. The data is compiled over a period of years to ensure correct information for consumers. It includes instances of injury, product malfunction, burns, failure and other issues related to the product’s ability to work correctly.
The CPSC also provides instructional videos and other safety information to consumers regarding the most common products on the market. These include baby cribs, ATVs, products that create carbon monoxide and other products. The CPSC website is a good resource for all consumers who wish to use a product safely and the way it was intended.
Product liability is an important aspect of the law that helps victims injured by defective products recover compensation. Part of a strong product liability claim is providing proof that the product was defective, in either it’s design or due to a manufacturing error, and led to your injuries. Information from the CPSC could also help move your claim along successfully.