If you’ve had a traumatic or damaging experience with an unsafe or defective product, it’s important to report the product and details of what happened immediately. These types of cases are time-sensitive and you can only file within a small window.
There’s a division of the federal government, called the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), whose main goal is to keep consumers safe by setting product standards and pushing for recalls when necessary. While they have been able to cut down on the number of injuries and deaths from unsafe products, there are numerous times when things still go awry.
The easiest way to report an unsafe product is to go to the CPSC website: www.saferproducts.gov. At the top of the page, there’s a tab to click on to file an official report. According to SaferProducts.gov, you need eight specific pieces of information to file a report:
- A description of who you are (i.e. consumer or healthcare professional)
- Your name and contact information
- A detailed description of the product
- Name of the manufacturer or importer of the product
- Date the incident occurred
- Details of what happened (type of injury/death or type of risk of injury/death from product)
- Permission to publish your report on SaferProducts.gov
- Verification that all of the details provided are accurate to the best of your memory and belief
If you or a family member has been hurt or killed by an unsafe product, you need to hire an experienced product liability attorney immediately. The attorneys at Gilreath & Associates have helped victims recover millions of dollars from various defective or unsafe products. Contact us today for a free consultation.