As a consumer, you hope that every product you purchase is completely safe to use in the intended manner. Unfortunately, you know that this is not always the case, which is why you need to be careful no matter what you are buying.
There are many government agencies responsible for issuing recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), for example, oversees products that people use on a daily basis. With control over 15,000 products, this agency has its hands on everything from bike helmets to electronics to toys. Every year, the CPSC recalls up to 400 different products.
While the CPSC is responsible for a variety of products, they are not the only government agency in charge of oversight and recall. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversee the recall of food. Along with this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) is responsible for all car-related recalls.
Every year, the United States imports millions of dollars of goods. For this reason, it only makes sense that the inspection process begins at the ports. If a product is flagged here, it is then sent for additional testing.
Even with so many government agencies keeping an eye out for dangerous products, these still slip through the cracks every now and again. If you or a loved one suffers an injury as the result of a defective product, it's important to receive medical treatment and to then learn more about your legal rights as a consumer. The action you take could improve your life, while helping others avoid the same type of trouble.
Source: CNBC, "How the CPSC keeps consumers safe from products that get recalled," Jennifer Schlesinger and Andrea Day, Sep. 09, 2017