Every day there are new developments in the area of product safety, whether a recall, an investigation by NHTSA or the FDA, or advancements in automotive safety. Due to the constant changes, often times, consumers miss important information. Researching which products to purchase, if there has been a recall, or if a product poses an unreasonable risks of injury or death can be overwhelming….and stressful. Here are some helpful resources to make your homework a little easier.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC focuses on preventing business practices that are anti-competitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The CPSC is dedicated to protecting the public from products that pose an unreasonable risks of injury or death.
Six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create this site to alert the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products.
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA was created by Congress to protect and promote public health and safety through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, medical devices, cosmetics, and more.
Consumer Affairs is a consumer news and advocacy organization that provides consumer news, recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews and complaints. The site also includes information to help consumers avoid trouble such as scams and identity theft.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services, working 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. The site provides information about the CDC’s role in detecting disease outbreaks, responding to emergencies, researching ways to help you stay healthy, and more.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety and the regulation of auto manufacturers. It works daily to help prevent accidents and their attendant costs, both human and financial.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
The NTSB is charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA is a division of the U.S. Department of Labor and was established to assure the safety and health of America’s workers. OSHA is responsible for setting and enforcing workplace safety standards, providing training, outreach, education and assistance, and often conducts investigations when accidents occur.
Safe Kids USA
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.
KIDS AND CARS is a nonprofit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles. KAC works to prevent these sudden and tragic events through data collection, education and public awareness, policy change, product redesign and survivor advocacy.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.