Recalls are not uncommon. They can occur in everything from food and toys to automobiles. Some recalls are easy to find out about — they’re huge stories broadcast on national news outlets. Others don’t garner much media attention, but they’re still important to be aware of. Make it a habit to check the following places for recall notices, and be sure the products you’re buying and food you’re eating is safe.
•Recalls.gov lists government-initiated recalls from federal agencies.
• NHSTA.gov publishes safety information on vehicles and equipment such as children’s car seats.
• FSIS.USDA.gov lists recalls that involve meat, poultry, or processed egg products.
• FDA.gov lists recalls that involve food, medicines, medical devices, cosmetics, biologics, radiation emitting products, veterinary drugs and pet food.
If you have an issue with a product, you can report incidents and safety concerns with consumer products, or search for incidents reported by others at saferproducts.gov.
Find out with this new tool. Just enter your VIN number and you’ll see recall information as far back as 15 years.
Graco Children’s Products is recalling several of its car seats due to a faulty buckle. The buckle can get stuck in the latched position, making it difficult to remove your child from the seat and increasing the risk of injury in an emergency.
Visit the Graco website to look up affected models. If your car seat is included in the recall, you can order a free replacement harness buckle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages parents and caregivers to consider using an alternative car seat until the buckle is fixed.
If you need more information about the Graco recall, or recalls for any other car seat, you can look up car seat recalls over the past 10 years, or call the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
Be sure to register your car seat so that you are notified in the event of a recall.
Image description: These are just a few of the items recalled this month. See all consumer product recalls or sign up to get recall alerts at www.cpsc.gov/recalls
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