Many Americans heed the CPSC and its recalls of dangerous products to help keep their families safe. But thanks in large part to the work of the gun lobby, guns are specifically not under the CPSC's jurisdiction and are the only consumer product not regulated for safety.
I'm an irresponsible consumer. I recently bought a common household product and failed to register the item, so if something goes wrong I probably won't get a refund or replacement. I'm talking about a shower mat -- a flexible rectangle with suction cups on the bottom.
Every time you shop, you "vote" for safety standards. By making conscious decisions to support companies who raise the safety bar, the collective voice of consumer spending can have a tremendous influence on the industry.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to consider a bill that would poke serious holes in the product safety net. Here is a breakdown of some of the ways this bill would put consumers at risk:
Even in our hurry to fulfill the wishes on holiday lists, we have to keep safety in mind by providing examples of potential toy hazards on store shelves. U.S. PIRG's Tips for Toy Safety provide a good guide to shopping for children.
We should not use our kids as guinea pigs by taking chances on a chemical that can seriously harm their immediate and long-term health. No chemical should be used in food products until it is proven to be safe.
Many products claim to be "cruelty-free" with such logos as the Leaping Bunny. But what do these logos mean, and are they any better than other animal-testing claims? Now you can find out right there in the store using your mobile phone.