In this massive global economy that we all live in now it can get pretty overwhelming to be a consumer. There are thousands of companies out there selling us millions of products. A lot of them are daily necessities, like food, clothing, appliances, and more. Of course, having choice makes things hard at times, but it also increases competition and makes the quality of our goods higher.
Sometimes things go wrong with products though. Sometimes they can affect us in surprising ways as well. We’ve all seen the food recalls that have been occurring over the last few years. Millions of pounds of meat or other food product will be recalled at once due to contamination. If you had eaten that meat or other product, there is a chance you could have gotten very sick!
Well, the food industry isn’t the only place where recalls happen. Just on August 15 four million baby seats were recalled “after reports that at least twenty-one babies fell from the seats and fractured their skulls.”
In addition to that horrible recall, an article on ABC News back in April discusses, “certain Viking Range dishwashers can be a fire hazard. A particular type of Office Depot Brand desk chairs can collapse when you go to sit in them. Todson’s Topeak Babyseat II can amputate children’s fingertips.” Talk about some serious issues with products!
If you don’t pay attention to recalls as a consumer, you’re putting yourself and your family at risk. It’s just smart shopping to be on alert for these things. But it can be pretty tough to hear about these recalls, right? Well, the government has put together a great e-mail alert program for consumers throughout the country. We think it’s a great idea to sign up – you can never have enough information as a consumer! Head on over to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to sign up now!Back To All Consumer Resources