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How to Know If a Product Has Been Recalled

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.

Instructions

  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: In 1972, Volkswagen recalled 3.7 million vehicles manufactured between 1947 and 1969 because of malfunctioning windshield wipers.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Product information

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