Consumer Safety – If you read the fundamental mission of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States, you see that it is charged with, “Protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.” And yet, if you read a bit farther you see something quite startling. What is so startling? Even though this group admits that its sworn duty is to protect consumers, there are more than $1 trillion in costs related to death, injury, and property damage due to unsafe or unhealthy products each year.
Safety Information to Keep Your Family Safe
Medical Devices, and Other Recalls Claim the Lives of Thousands Of Americans Every Year
Every year, despite the efforts of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the cost of consumer injuries adds up to more than $1 trillion. Consumers face everything from illness to property damage to death – all because of unsafe or unhealthy products. The mission of the CPSC is to protect the public from the risks posed by consumer products, and yet people continue to be harmed.
So if there is a commission in place intended to protect consumers, why do people continue to experience injuries and illnesses because of the products they buy and the medical treatments they choose?
Part of the problem is the approval process companies go through to get their products on the market. Consumer products, especially those in the medical industry, are supposed to undergo thorough scrutiny by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To receive approval, a product should be evaluated, tested, and deemed safe before it ever falls into the hands of consumers.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case and companies have the opportunity to exploit the system for profit.
Take the FDA’s 510(k) program for example. The program allows medical device makers to put their newest inventions and products into the marketplace – the medical industry – without any clinical testing. All a manufacturer must do is show its product is similar to something already on the market and it gets automatic approval.
Though it might seem like an efficient way to bring important medical products to market faster, the program doesn’t work – and it’s putting people at risk. Between 2005 and 2009 alone, 71 percent of the products approved through the 510(k) program were recalled due to safety issues.
The FDA is not the only government program failing the people. Whether the system in place doesn’t work, as is the case with 510(k), or the agencies are just overloaded and unable to keep up, products make it to market on a regular basis that pose a risk to consumers.
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What Can You Do to Keep Your Family Safe?
Knowledge is power. The more you know about consumer products and the risk they pose the better. Our goal is to give you the latest news about dangerous consumer products and provide information about how you can protect yourself and fight back if you are injured. Not only are injured parties eligible for compensation, they have a duty to warn others should they discover a product is dangerous.
As a consumer, you want to trust companies that provide you with modern conveniences, necessary products, and medical care items. You might even feel a false sense of security knowing there is government oversight in just about every industry. Unfortunately, even this is not enough. You must take responsibility for your safety and the safety of your loved ones, and arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible.