CPSC Provides Consumers With Information That They Need

CPSC Provides Consumers With Information That They Need


If you are planning to undertake any kind of project around the home, are you always certain the products you are using are safe? Recent recalls include Honda lawnmowers that can lacerate users, circuit breakers Consumer Product Safety Commissionwhich have been proven to be fake, and outdoor benches which can break. Lots of products have been recalled over the years – could you being using something that is defective?

One way to verify whether your product has been recalled is to visit the CPSC or Consumer Product Safety Commission website. As an independent agency of the federal government, the CPSC is mandated to protect Americans “against unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products.”

Hundreds of Recalls

More than 15,000 consumer products are subject to regulation by the CPSC, items which must meet acceptable safety standards. Some of the more recent recalls include:

  • Hammer drills from the Robert Bosch Corp. The drill can continue to operate after the trigger has been released, posing a risk of injury to consumers.
  • Fireplace gas valves from American Flame. Gas can continue to flow into the fireplace pilot light area after the switch has been turned “off,” posing a fire or explosion hazard to consumers.
  • Table saws from DEWALT. The pivot bracket on the saw can separate which can misalign the blade and the fence and cause kick back. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.
  • Lock and Leash Locks from Master Lock. Red surface paint on the locks contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
  • Wall furnances from Rinnai. A gasket in the unit can fail, posing a risk of poisonous carbon monoxide gas leaking into the home.
  • Tankless water heaters from Power Vent. Components inside the water heater may shift during transit, causing an air filter door switch to operate improperly. If the switch fails and the air filter door is out of place, the water heater could continue to operate and dust and lint could build up, posing a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.
  • Fluorescent ceiling light fixtures made by Lithonia and sold exclusively by Home Depot. A wire inside the light fixture could be loose, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

Finding Recall Information Online

Quite a few of the products recalled have not resulted in injuries, but are listed because of the potential hazard of a particular problem arising. If you are planning to undertake any project around the home, a quick check of the CPSC website will help you determine if that saw, mower, lighting fixture, or other device has been recalled. If it has, the CPSC gives consumers clear instructions on what to do next, a step which usually involves contacting the manufacturer via a toll free phone number for guidance on how to proceed.

You can even subscribe for email alerts to have the CPSC notify you when a particular product has been recalled and you can subscribe to an RSS feed which offers the same type of information for you.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".