Protect Yourself from Recalled Products

Find out how to search for recalled medications, food, vehicles, child safety seats, cosmetics, and more.

Recalls happen when a large quantity of a product isn't safe for use. A government agency or the manufacturer will then alert the public.

A recall is an action taken by a manufacturer, or the government, to protect the public from products (such as medications, food, vehicles, child safety seats, cosmetics, and more) that may cause health or safety problems. They will recommend that people take a specific action.

Some recalls ban the sale of an item and instruct you to throw away the product. Other recalls ask you to return the item for replacement or repair. The seller will replace the defective part, to reduce the danger of using the product. Commonly recalled products include:

  • child safety seats
  • cosmetics
  • food
  • medication
  • toys
  • vehicles

Before you buy a product, find out if the manufacturer has recalled it. Be especially careful if you are buying a product for a child. Visit these websites to find the latest on safety recalls:

  • Recalls.gov lists recalls from federal agencies. You can sign up for free email notifications on recalls.
  • Safercar.gov publishes safety information on vehicles and equipment such as children's car seats.
  • FSIS.USDA.gov lists meat, sausage, poultry, and processed egg product recalls
  • FDA.gov lists recalls that involve food (non-meat products; fruits; vegetables; seafood; shelled eggs; infant formulas), medicines, medical devices, cosmetics, biologics, radiation emitting products, veterinary drugs, and pet food.
  • Foodsafety.gov publishes notices of food recalls and alerts from both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Reporting Safety Concerns

The government accepts complaints about unsafe and mislabeled products.  

  • FoodSafety.gov directs you to the correct agency to report unsafe food products. This includes pet food and food sold in restaurants.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accepts complaints about defective vehicles and car accessories.
  • SaferProducts.gov allows you to report incidents and safety concerns with consumer products, You can also read about incidents reported by other peoples.

 

 

 

Recalls happen when a large quantity of a product isn't safe for use.

The government or the manufacturer will then alert the public. They will recommend that customers take a specific action.

 

Some recalls ban the sale of an item and instruct people to throw away the product. Other recalls ask consumers to return the item for replacement or repair. The seller will replace the defective part, to reduces the danger of using the product.

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Last Updated: February 22, 2019