Recalls protect the public from products that may cause illness or injuries. A government agency or the manufacturer will alert the public to 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
Before you buy a product, especially for a child, find out if the manufacturer has recalled it. Visit these websites to find the latest on safety recalls:
- Recalls.gov lists recalls from federal agencies. 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 food recalls (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 food recalls from across the government.
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.
- You can also call the Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854 or submit a report online to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
- 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 people.