How to Report a Hazardous or Unsafe Product
If anyone is using a consumer product and experiences an event that makes
you feel the product may have been faulty, it is highly recommended that you
immediately contact the manufacturer or company selling the product in
If you are unable to find a contact number, or if the company's response
does not resolve the issue for you, the next step is to notify one of the
Federal Agencies that have responsibility for regulating various products
and food items. For your convenience, we have provided links to the
appropriate contact page for each agency.
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) - Responsible to investigate safety defects in motor vehicles,
equipment and child safety seats.
Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) - Responsible to "protect the public against unreasonable risks of
injuries and deaths associated with consumer products."
and Inspection Service
(FSIS) - Regulates meat, poultry, & egg products for the U.S. Department of
Food and Drug
(FDA) - Regulates seafood, fruits, vegetables, & other non-meat food
products, as well as cosmetic related products, medicines, medical devices,
and radiation-emitting consumer products such as microwave ovens. The FDA
also oversees feed and drugs for pets and farm animals.
In addition to the
reporting of unsafe products as listed above, the FDA also maintains an
adverse reaction reporting system called MEDWATCH. This can be used for
reporting serious reactions to medical products and devices.
If you know of any other
agencies you feel should be listed here please email us at: