Every year, millions of people are injured or killed by consumer products. These are products that have been approved for sale and marketed as safe. Consumers put faith in the approval process and trust the manufacturers of these products, never realizing they are putting their own lives or the lives of their loved ones at risk.
This site is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers we face every day from consumer products and we hope this information will decrease the number of tragedies that occur. We believe education is the key to consumer protection and our goal is to be the best resource available for helping consumers make the best decisions about the products they use.
Everyday Items Pose Potentially Fatal Hazards
Americans purchase millions of products every day without a second thought to the safety of these items. They assume products available for sale are safe and have undergone the necessary testing and evaluation to ensure this safety. Unfortunately, as all too many victims have learned, many products on the market pose danger.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the organization in charge of regulating and recalling defective products, more than 33 million people in the United States have been injured by common household consumer products because of defective manufacturing and other flaws.
Our Loved Ones are at Risk
Everyone has seen a product recall or safety warning issued at one time or another. Chances are you’ve seen one in the news in the last few months.
Recalls and consumer safety alerts are issued to warn the public of dangers related to a defective or malfunctioning product. These warnings are given to prevent people from being injured by products that are already on the market, available for sale, and in homes across the country.
One of the most common markets affected by safety recalls is children’s toys. News stories about injuries caused by children’s toys are common, and there are at least several per year that warn of dangers including:
- Ingesting small parts
- Being exposed to toxic substances
- Cutting, puncturing, or being injured in some other way because of ragged or jagged pieces
These injuries come from toys specifically created to be enjoyed by children that break or malfunction and cause harm to the most vulnerable of consumers.
Instances in which household items hurt children are just as common. Many products are designed in a way that is relatively safe for adult use, but when used in a home with children, could cause serious or fatal injuries. Remember the recent recall of a piece of furniture sold by a popular retailer because there was risk of the item falling on children? This is an occurrence that is all too common these days.
How Staying Aware of Consumer Safety Information Can Help
Companies and regulatory agencies issue information to the public about consumer safety issues on a regular basis. These might be through product recalls that offer the owners of dangerous items the opportunity to return or replace their product, or it could just be to provide information about how to use the product safely. Unfortunately, when consumers do not see these warnings they are of little use.
In addition to researching an item’s safety in advance, it’s also important for consumers to watch for recalls and warnings about items they have purchased. It is the responsibility of consumers to be aware of product recalls when they are available. Unfortunately, not every company takes the initiative to accept responsibility for their dangerous product or to alert the public to a potential problem. There are even instances in which companies misled consumers or withheld information from the public.
We believe a combination of consumer awareness and manufacturer responsibility is the best defense against injuries and fatalities related to consumer products, and we want to do our part in helping you and your family stay safe. Our goal is to provide you with the information needed to evaluate consumer products and determine if your loved ones are at risk, and hopefully, reduce incidences of adverse events.
Common Products Associated with Injuries:
- Baby items, such as:
- Strollers, high chairs, Baby Slings, Drop-side cribs, and bassinets
- Tube televisions
- Window blinds
- Metal children’s jewelry