U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye will announce the winners of the first-ever Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge at a press event on Monday, October 27.  CPSC challenged developers earlier this year to create apps to help consumers keep track of recalls and safety incidents. CPSC’s goal is to find new ways to reach consumers with lifesaving recall information and empower them to protect their families from dangerous products. The winners will demonstrate their (…)

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How many consumers know that you can go online and tell the government about consumer product safety problems that you encounter?

How many of you know that you can search those reports before you spend your own money on a particular product?

Since the launch of SaferProducts.gov in March 2011, more than 18,000 product safety reports have been submitted to CPSC. The site gets about 200,000 visits every month.

Those numbers are a good start. But we want to do better. That’s where you come (…)

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[post_thumbnail]We have seen some recurring safety incidents involving strollers. One involves the opening between the grab bar or tray and the seat bottom. The other involves fingertip amputations.

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CPSC recalls are already available on Twitter, through e-mail alerts and via widgets you can put on your own websites. Now, you can also get them through your phone. Just go to the market on your Android phone and download the app today.

Here’s a demo of what you’ll see:

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Push Around BuggyWhisper Ride Buggy

If you’ve got a Step2 push toy, now’s a good time to pay attention. First, take a look at your Push Around and Whisper Ride Buggies.

Does your buggy have a yellow knob on the pin that attaches the handle? If so, this recall applies to you. If not, this recall does not apply to you.

Here’s what happens with the yellow-knobbed buggies. The yellow-knobbed pin attaching the handle of the buggy can loosen, causing the handle to detach (…)

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