Product Safety Database Marks One-Year Anniversary: Have You Checked It Out?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 9, 2012

Port Charlotte accident attorneyThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) consumer database, SaferProducts.gov, recently celebrated its first anniversary. The database, which allows consumers to share and access safety information about the products they own and consider buying, went live on March 11, 2011 and the first reports were added on April 2, 2011.

As Fort Myers accident attorneys, we believe that the database is as an important tool to educate consumers about product safety defects and improve the CPSC’s ability to identify and act on dangerous products.

The success of the database was touted in a recent report issued by several consumer safety groups, including the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Kids In Danger (KID) and Consumers Union (CU).

According to an analysis of the reports filed in the first year, the database now covers a wide variety of products from kitchen appliances to cribs to shoes to lighting products. The largest group of reports relate to kitchen products (37%), especially appliances (33%). Concern for children’s safety is evident as well with 15% of the reports about children’s products including toys and nursery items.

The report also highlights that certain information is still lacking. “While consumers make up 97% of the reporters to the database, medical professionals made up only .46%; medical examiners and coroners made up only .2%; and other public safety entities made up 1%,” stated Rachel Weintraub, Director of Product Safety and Senior Counsel at Consumer Federation of America. “More should be done to reach out to medical experts and others to ensure that they are aware of the database.”

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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