Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Group Says CPSC Recalls Ineffective

From the Chicago Tribune:"Government-issued recalls of children's products aren't effective enough in getting dangerous items out of their hands, according to a new report." The report was issued by "Kids In Danger, a Chicago-based non-profit children's product-safety advocacy group." It reviewed the effectiveness of the CPSC's "oversight of companies that have been ordered to take their products off the market." Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids In Danger, said, "What we've found is if a product is recalled, it remains in a consumer's home regardless of the publicity around a recall." But "Joe Martyak, a spokesman for the CPSC, said the agency's recall process is effective" and "that the reports are not a complete measure of how well a recall has worked because in many cases a consumer may toss an item rather than make a claim with a company."
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Nancy Cowles "also urged the commission to quickly develop a database so consumers can directly report product failures and injuries, making the information immediately public."

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