The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a public database
that allows the public to report and search safety complaints on thousands
of consumer products.
SaferProducts.gov allows people to file reports of injury or potential harm related to products
from baby gear to power tools. As reports are filed, people will be able
to search for safety complaints about specific items they might have in
their homes or wish to purchase.
“Through SaferProducts.gov, consumers will have open access to product
safety information that they have never seen before and the information
will empower them to make safer choices,” said Inez Tenenbaum, chairman
of the consumer safety agency.
Manufacturers, congressional Republicans, and others had objected to the
launch of the public database, citing the potential for bogus reports
and misleading information. However, a procedure is in place that allows
manufacturers ten days to respond to a report before it is added to the database.
“It’s incredibly important because consumers currently are
in the dark when it comes to hazards posed by consumer products,”
said Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety at the Consumer Federation
of America, an advocacy group.
“They either never find out or find out when it’s too late.”