Every year products get recalled, but most never make the newspapers. Find out from readily available online resources if a product that you own has been recalled by a company or manufacturer.
You will need
- Internet access
- Product information
Step 1 Know about Recalls.gov Know about Recalls.gov, representing consumer protection arms of six federal agencies including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Step 2 Search the CPSC database Search the CPSC database by product type, specific company, product description, types of hazards, and where the product was manufactured.
Step 3 Find vehicle product recalls Find auto, truck, and motorcycle product recalls at Safercar.gov. Search by model year, make, and specific vehicle equipment such as tires and child restraints.
The (EPA) has consumer protection jurisdiction over vehicle emissions recalls, as listed in a series of annual reports.
Step 4 Search for boat recalls Search for recreational boat and related equipment recalls at the U.S. Coast Guard’s database. Search by company, model year, and type of problem.
Step 5 Search the FDA database Search the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) database. Product recalls include human/animal drugs, cosmetics, and 80 percent of foods eaten in the United States.
Food products not under the FDA’s jurisdiction are protected by the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Step 6 Read FSIS recalls Read FSIS recalls of meat, poultry, and egg products at federally inspected plants. These cases are listed by year.
Step 7 Be aware of your own food handling practices Be aware of your own food handling practices. BeFoodSafe.org is a consumer education site sponsored by the Agriculture Department and FDA.
Did You Know:
In 1972, Volkswagen recalled 3.7 million vehicles manufactured between 1947 and 1969 because of malfunctioning windshield wipers.