Product Safety

Even if a product was found to have a LOW Level or rating for limited set chemicals tested on HealthyStuff.org, it does not necessarily mean the product is safe. Poorly designed or manufactured products can cause falls, choking, strangulation, burns, drowning, and poisoning.

General Product Recalls

For information on all product recalls, see: http://www.recalls.gov/.

For all lead recalls, see http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/Recalls/allhazards.htm.

Home Improvement Products

For information on government product recalls, see: http://www.recalls.gov/.

For more information on building products hazards, see: http://www.healthybuilding.net/.

Toys

For more information, check out http://www.uspirg.org/issues/toy-safety and http://www.kidsindanger.org/.

For the latest on toy recalls, see: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html.

If you suspect that a product is unsafe, or to report an unsafe product, contact the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on the internet, or by phone: http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html or 1-800-636-CPSC. To receive email recall alerts from CPSC, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx

Cars

Department of Transportation's SaferCar.gov

Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars and the Need for Safe Alternatives - Ecology Center

Don't Breath and Drive? Pollutants Lurk Inside Vehicles - Environmental Health Perspectives

Children's Car Seats & Other Products

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - Child Passenger Safety

Safety Belt Safe USA

Pet Products

The Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) provides consumer updates and timely articles covering pet product approvals, safety warnings, and other health information for you and your family.

HealthyStuff.org is an initial screening of chemicals in products for a handful of hazardous chemicals. There are a number of chemicals of concern that the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) device and HealthyStuff.org cannot detect. For example, there has been much concern recently about bisphenol A, a component of polycarbonate plastic. The XRF is not able to detect bisphenol A, nor can it identify polycarbonate. In addition, the XRF cannot detect phthalates, a family of chemicals of concern, although we have used the presence of PVC plastic as a surrogate for the possible presence of phthalates. The CPSC regulated six phthalates for the first time beginning in 2009. See a summary of provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

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