I don’t know if you saw all the posts about the car seats that were being recalled recently, but it blew up my Facebook feed. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues over 400 product recalls a year, and many organization and manufacturers issue product warnings. It can be scary to think you might be using a product that has been recalled, or a toy that contains a warning. But how do you stay on top of it? You can’t just rely on Facebook to tell you if you are using an unsafe item. Because I know how scary and frustrating it can be, I wanted to share a few simple tips for how to keep on top of product recalls:
Tip 1: Register new products
Oh I know what a pain this is, and who really has the time to fill out the form, or log in to some website to register your product? I certainly don’t, but this really is the best way to make sure you are notified if a product you are using has been recalled by the manufacturer. When you register a crib, high chair, car seat, or any other product, you will include contact information. The manufacturer will use that to let you know if the product is ever recalled. The safety this provides is probably worth the ten minutes of inconvenience. Plus registering your products usually allows you to have warranty protection, double win!
Tip 2: Use Recalls.gov
Recalls.gov is a very convenient site as it pools product recall information from six different federal agencies for you. If you are only interested in child-related info, try safekids.org. You can browse recalled items, or look up specific things.
Tip 3: Sign up for notices
While it is great that there are sites to check, what if you forget, or don’t have time? No worries, most agencies allow you to sign up for email notices. This means you can go on ONCE, and customize what notices you want to receive. Here are the sites I recommend signing up for notices with:
- Food and Drug Administration
- United States Department of Agriculture
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
Or get the CPSC app for recall info (Android only) or Recalls app (iPhone).
Hope you have a great and safe week! Have you ever used a recalled item? What did you do? Share your story in the comments.