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How To Search for Recalls of Baby Products

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is a government agency that protects the public from harm by more than 15,000 types of products. Damages from unsafe consumer products cost the U.S. more than $700 billion per year, but thanks to CPSC there has been a 30% drop in injuries and deaths from consumer products in the last 30 years. CPSC's website lists recalls of products that are harmful to humans or property. Here's how you can learn which baby products or toys are affected by a recall.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 - 10 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

  2. Click on Recalls and Product Safety News.

  3. Decide how you want to search for recalls. You can search by recalls in recent months, by month and year, by manufacturer or by product type. If you want to see product recalls related to babies, you can simply click on Child Products or Toys.

  4. Browse the list of recalled products and click on any products that you may have in your home. Check product numbers on your items against those listed under Description on the product's recall information page to see if your items are included in the recall.

  5. If you find that you have a product in your home that is affected by a recall, read the entire recall information page for the product at CPSC's website. Towards the bottom, you will find sections titled Remedy and Consumer Contact. Follow the instructions in these sections to resolve the problem with your product. The resolution may include a full refund, sending away for replacement parts or exchanging the defective product for a new one.

  6. Report Unsafe Products! If you have a product, recalled or otherwise, that has caused damage to a person or to your property, and would like to report it to CPSC, use the online forms at https://www.cpsc.gov/incident.html.

Tips:

  1. Please note that CPSC does not have jurisdiction over carseats or cosmetic products.

  2. If you'd like to search for car seat recalls from 1990 to present, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's carseat recall website at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm.

  3. While CPSC does have jurisdiction over child-safe packaging, if you want to search for recalls of medicines or cosmetic items that your child may have contact with, you will need to visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at http://www.fda.gov.

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