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How Can Consumer Stay on Top of Product Recalls?

As San Diego product liability lawyers, we know that consumers often have a difficult time keeping up with the number of product safety recalls issued every year. This is understandable given that over 1,000 toys, drugs, cars, and household products are recalled every year.

We often use this San Diego Injury Blog to share the largest and most dangerous recalls. However, we can’t possible cover all of them. Therefore, we would like to share some important resources for monitoring the safety of the products you and your family use everyday.

Consumer retail products: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission lists recall information for children’s products, including clothing and toys, household products and appliances, exercise and sports equipment, outdoor products, and furniture. The CPSC database is searchable by date, product, product category, and company. You can also sign up for alerts in certain product categories. The website is available here: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx

Motor vehicles: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation provides recall information for motor vehicles, motorcycles child safety seats, and tires. The campaigns include motor vehicle products that experienced a safety-related defect or did not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. The NHTSA also allows consumers to sign up for email alerts here: www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/subscriptions.

Food: Food safety falls under the jurisdiction of several government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Food and Safety Inspection Services, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the federal government has established a centralized website to keep the public informed about food safety information, including recalls. Alerts are available at http://www.foodsafety.gov/recalls/alerts. The site also offers a smartphone app.

Medical drugs and devices: The Food and Drug Administration oversees drugs, vaccines, medical devices and other health care products. Dietary supplements and cosmetics also fall under the agency’s purview. Patients can sign up for alerts by visiting http://www.fda.gov and selecting FDA Recall Email Alert.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective product, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.