I have been asked to explain the exact role of the Consumer Protection Safety Commission relating to product safety. By federal law, the CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. The CPSC says it is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The agency’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Under federal law, it’s illegal to attempt to sell or resell a recalled product. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, you can go online to: www.saferproducts.gov. You can also report an unsafe product by calling CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. For your information, there is a great deal of product safety information at www.saferproducts.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, you can go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.
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