A Guide to Product Recalls

As holiday shopping enters its final stretch, it may be a good time for consumers to bone up on this year's product recalls. According to...
by | December 5, 2007

As holiday shopping enters its final stretch, it may be a good time for consumers to bone up on this year's product recalls. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, it has been a banner year, with more than 70 toys being recalled for problems that included lead paint exposure, choking and strangulation hazards, sharp edges and laceration dangers. Since a mere 10 percent of all recalled items are returned, the Illinois attorney general's office has decided to compile the recall notices in an accessible guide consumers can use while shopping this holiday season. The 2007 Safe Shopping Guide contains color photos of nearly 800 recalled items, including toys, jewelry, furniture and clothes. It also provides descriptions of the products that include name, manufacturer, unsafe features and recall date. Copies of the guide, including editions in Spanish and Polish, can be ordered by calling the attorney general's recall hotline or downloaded from here. Many other states list recall notices on their Web sites, and the federal government compiles them at www.recall.gov.