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Keeping Up on Product Recalls Easier than Ever for Arizonans

March 6, 2012

PHOENIX - Dozens of products are recalled every month because they could cause injuries or death, but keeping up on the latest recalls is easier than ever. So says attorney Paul Shively, although he adds that it does take initiative.

Portable electric heaters, bicycle helmets and floor lamps have been recalled for safety issues already this year. Shively says the best way to keep up on family safety issues is go directly to the experts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In this age of "information overload," he finds the CPSC.gov site easy to navigate.

"Consumers can find an absolute wealth of information, ranging from tips on child-proofing homes and buying toys to home safety and product recalls."

A fairly new feature on the site allows consumers to report unsafe products.

Shively advises checking the site once a week, or signing up for alerts via email.

"Urging all families to make this important website a frequent trip. Most Americans are unaware of just how much is available to them from the CPSC."

The site also has a search function for older products, which Shively says is useful when assessing the safety of secondhand items or hand-me-downs.

Shively says there's been a decline in deaths and injuries from consumer products over the past 30 years, a trend which he credits, in part, to the CPSC.

More information is at www.cpsc.gov.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ