There have been numerous recall stories in the news lately, but in the last ten days, the recalls have reached core American products such as boy scout badges, some cans of Campbell’s soup, and, heaven forbid, even hammocks.
The constant news stories about recalls really leads to the question, “How is someone supposed to keep up with what’s safe?” One of the best websites out there is recalls.gov. They keep an updated list of recent government recalls. The site (used by many personal injury lawyers) covers recalls by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the USDA, and even the Coast Guard (for boating and marine related recalls).
As a parent of two, I also know that for many the primary concern is recall of toys. For information on toy recalls, the US Recall News blog has an updated post from October 9, 2007 that listed all the toy recalls due to concerns about lead paint through that date.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.