Product Liability

Consumer database for reporting product safety to launch March 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a publicly available consumer product safety information database will be officially launched in March 2011. The site will be a part of the website. The CPSC approved by a vote of 3-2 the rules that will establish how the agency will work with consumers and manufacturers or private labelers to process and post incident reports to the database.

The database was a requirement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, and will allow consumers to go online to and file a report about any incidents with unsafe or potentially hazardous consumer products. Manufacturers and private labelers will have the opportunity to respond with comments and may request that their comments appear with the report in the database.

All information will be visible and searchable to the public. The database is intended to provide consumers with information on the products they buy, which can contribute to keeping them and their families safer.

Manufacturers and private labelers of consumer products are encouraged to pre-register with the CPSC beginning in mid-January 2011, so they may receive timely online access to reports submitted about their products.