When we buy something, we expect it to fit our needs, to bring convenience and joy, to improve our life. We chose from a variety of products, checking for looks, taste, durability, price – whatever applies to the product. Are we checking for safety? Sometimes. Normally we assume, a product that has made it to the market is properly tested and complies with all the regulations.

Product recall announcements, appearing more and more often in stores and media sources, raise a red flag. Are we purchasing a potential hazard? Can our new possession result in emergency room visit? Above all, are we endangering our children, who are particularly vulnerable to dangerous products? Sure we are most careful when choosing kids’ stuff. And still over 50 thousands children are treated every year in emergency rooms nationwide for injuries associated with nursery products, such as infant carriers and cribs. An average of 60 children per year dies in the U.S. from these injuries. Children's toys cause even more harm. More than 2 hundred thousands are treated for toy-related injuries, and over 20 die as a result every year.

That just means that many toys and kids products are not properly tested until after a complaint is settled, dangerous items make it to the market, and into children's hands, before a safety recall can be ordered.

Recalls are issued by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and it is a challenging task, particularly for products from China, with no premarket testing requirements.

But by the time the recall is issued, the dangerous products are already in the stores and people’s homes, and it may be a matter of time for disaster to happen.

And still, even after the product recall we can see dangerous item on the shelves of the stores. And some people are still having troubles returning the recalled items.

Distributing stores are not always standing up for the customer's safety. Instead they are forcing suppliers to deliver goods as cheap as possible, cutting corners on product safety to still make a profit.

There's no price at which we should be willing to accept products that jeopardize our children's health.
Both the manufacturer and seller are accountable for product liability if a defective product causes physical injury to a consumer.
While CPSC is responsible for investigating and issuing recalls, it is consumers’ duty to guarantee their own safety. They can ensure that the unsafe products are removed from the distributors’ shelves. Also, many hazardous items still remain in people’s houses, garages and attics, daycare centers and thrift stores. They are not within CPSC reach and need to be removed from circulation by consumers.

You can keep your family safe by checking product recalls and safety news from CPSC. You can report unsafe products. There are many active web-sites, to address your reports to and research your options:

Consumer Federation of America

Consumers Union

Kids In Danger


National Research Center for Women & Families