The Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC is an independent Federal regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products. CPSC was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. In that law, Congress directed the Commission to "protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries
and deaths associated with consumer products."
CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, foods, drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation.
CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by:
Developing voluntary standards with industry
Issuing and enforcing mandatory standards; banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public
Obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair
Conducting research on potential product hazards
Informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries
This informative website features a Recalls and News section, reference material for businesses including laws and regulations, an electronic reading room with statistics and background information, and search capabilities that allow you to search by Product and by Company. In addition, Consumers can use CPSC's on-line forms to report an injury or file a complaint about an unsafe product. Physicians and health care professionals can report a patient injury or death or unsafe product and can download a printable poster (in .pdf format) for their office and patients. And manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers can report a potentially defective or hazardous product.
Visit PrepareRespondRecover.com's Safety Product Recalls Page to find recalled products by Company Name, Product Type, Product Description, and Category Go
Search Recalled Products and Press Releases Go
Report a dangerous product or a product-related injury by calling CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission's web site Go
Order a press release through fax-on-demand by calling (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and entering the release number
You can obtain the release and recall information at CPSC's web site Go
Subscribe to the CPSC E-mail List
Have agency press releases which include product recalls and other safety information and CPSC's public calendar automatically sent to you by e-mail the same day they are issued Go