Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) work to keep dangerous products out of the hands of consumers. Many of these products are imported from other countries and don't meet federal safety standards. While there are still products that get through inspections, many are stopped at the border.
During the third quarter of the 2012 fiscal year, officials with the CPSC report that they were able to stop close to 3 million faulty products from getting to consumers. That's about three times the number that was stopped during the last two quarters combined.
Our Costa Mesa defective products attorneys understand that CPSC officials looked over more than 5,500 various imported products and were able to identify more than 400 that did not meet safety criteria formulated by the CPSC. This means that all of the identified products were deemed unsafe for consumers!
From October of 2011 through June of 2012, officials with the CPSC as well as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) counterparts were able to bar about 4 million units of dangerous and hazardous products. These products never made it to store shelves and ultimately into your home.
Over the last 4 years, officials with the CPSC as well as the CBP have been able to stop close to 2,500 different kinds of toys and child products from getting into your home. If you tally up the total number of units, that's more than 2 million.
"Strong standards and vigilant port surveillance have advanced consumer safety by reducing the number of items needing to be recalled from the marketplace," says Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman with the CPSC.
Of these products, lead was the most frequent concern. Excessively high levels of lead, proving dangerous to consumers, was the number one reason for the rejections. The second most common cause for rejections was phthalate levels. The third most common reason of rejection for children's toys was size -- or the product has small parts that present a choking hazard for children under the age of 3.
We should be aware of the latest product recalls for the safety of our children. All too often, children are injured and even killed because parents fail to educate themselves about these safety recalls. Be a proactive parent and protect your child.
Consumers are urged to check out the CPSC's Recall List often. Staying up to date with this information can help to prevent a potentially fatal accident in your home. Consumers can't always rely on the CPSC or the manufacturing companies of the faulty products for the warning. You want to be a safe and proactive consumer and head off these threats before they make their way into your home and endanger your loved ones.
If you or a loved one has been injured in be a defective product, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.
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