Consumer Hub: Buy Smart

How to Track Product Safety Recalls

Before you buy a used vehicle or other secondhand product, check to be sure it hasn't been recalled for safety reasons. Some recalls ban the sale of an item, while others ask consumers to return the item for replacement or repair. Sometimes, a seller provides a part that reduces the danger of using the product.

If you're buying a product for a child, be especially vigilant. Each year, there are about 400 recalls of children's products such as toys, clothing, and jewelry. Visit the websites below for the latest safety recalls. You can also sign up for free email notifications. This information could save a child's life.

Reference For Recalls

Report incidents and safety concerns with consumer products, search for incidents reported by others and find recalls at


Source: 2011 Consumer Action Handbook, GSA Federal Citizens Information Center