Recalls Galore: Your Thoughts On Child Safety

The CPSC says the manufacturers of products for children better start thinking "safety first."

I have two awesome brothers-in-law, one who has gotten into the helpful habit of emailing me every time there is a recall regarding a baby product.  Be it a stroller, a crib or a toy, he tries to make sure I know what's under recall since we are preparing for our first baby.

Needless to say, I've been getting a lot of emails from my brother-in-law lately.What do you think about all the recalls?  Should there be more safety tests done before products hit the market? 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is the agency that issues all the recalls.  Last month, at a congressional hearing on crib safety, House members wanted to know why it took the CPSC more than six months to negotiate a recall of more than two million cribs linked to the suffocation deaths of four infants.  The head of the CPSC promised to renew efforts to speed up recalls.  Now, the agency says manufacturers of products for children better start thinking "safety first." 

What do you think about the number of recalls and how the government handles them?  Should there be more safety tests before products hit the market? 

By the way, you may want to bookmark www.recalls.gov on your computer.  You can also sign up to have alerts emailed to you anytime a product is recalled.

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