A recall is an action taken by a manufacturer, or the government, to protect the public from products that may cause health or safety problems. Some recalls ban the sale of an item, while others ask consumers to return the item for replacement or repair. Sometimes, a seller will provide a part that reduces the danger of using the product.
Before you buy a product, especially a used or secondhand one, be sure to check that the manufacturer has not recalled it. If you are buying a product for a child, such as toys, clothing, cribs, and costume jewelry, be especially careful. Visit these websites to find the latest on safety recalls:
- Recalls.gov lists government-initiated recalls from federal agencies. You can sign up for free e-mail notifications on recalls.
- Safercar.gov publishes safety information on vehicles and equipment such as children's car seats.
- FSIS.USDA.gov lists recalls that involve meat, sausage, poultry, and processed egg products.
- 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).
- SaferProducts.gov allows you to report incidents and safety concerns with consumer products, and search for incidents reported by other consumers.