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Press Event to announce the winners of CPSC’s Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge

Safety APP_BlogU.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 innovative apps at the press event.

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. ET

U.S. CPSC
4330 East West Highway
4th floor Hearing Rm.
Bethesda, Md.  20814

The press event will also be webcast at www.cpsc.gov.

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Developers: We’ve Got a Challenge for You!

Safety APP_BlogHow 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 in.

Help us!

The Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge is simple: Create apps and innovative tools that raise awareness of these reports and of consumer product recalls.

You can get the reports through our SaferProducts API. The recalls API is here.

Mash up the information with product review sites, auction sites and search. Get creative and come up with the next brilliant idea for educating consumers about product safety.

Your reward? You can put on your resume that you built something that saved lives and prevented injuries. Plus, you get to meet our Acting Chairman and take home $1,000. We’ll feature the four winners in a live webcast award ceremony (archived on YouTube), where you’ll get to show off your work.

The complete contest and rules are available at Productsafetyapps.challengepost.com

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Happy Birthday, SaferProducts!

SaferProducts.gov turns 2 today. In two years, we have posted more than 13,500 consumer product safety-related reports. These reports may involve products in your home or products that you are thinking about purchasing. These are available for you to see.

Make today your SaferProducts Day. Explore the reports and recalls that have been posted, be informed, and be empowered.

Share this free poster. We have posted it on Flickr for easy sharing. We also have a print-friendly version for you to post in your community.

Free SaferProducts.gov Poster

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/03/happy-birthday-saferproducts/

One Year of Safer Products! Search, Report, Check for Recalls

One year! That’s how long it’s been since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission launched SaferProducts.gov. This first year of the government’s consumer products safety information website has been the year of the empowered consumer.

Here’s what Year One has looked like:

So far, more than 6,600 of you have reported products to CPSC that caused harm or the potential to harm someone in and around your home. These reports are published and available for all consumers to see and use. More are published every day.

SaferProducts.gov is valuable to you because now there is a single place to visit to search for incident reports about products, file an incident report, or check for recall information. Before SaferProducts.gov, you would have had to file a Freedom of Information Act request about a specific product and manufacturer to learn about consumer product complaints received by CPSC. Now, you can search for this public information easily on the website.

About 36% of your reports involve kitchen products. Mostly, those involve electric ranges or ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and coffee and tea pots. Here’s a list of the Top 10 reports to SaferProducts.gov:

Most Common SaferProducts.gov Reports by Product Type (as of March 1, 2012)
Product Reports to SaferProducts.gov Percent of Reports
Electric ranges or ovens(excl. countertop ovens) 638 9.7%
Dishwashers 440 6.7%
Footwear 293 4.5%
Refrigerators 277 4.2%
Microwave Ovens 190 2.9%
Light Bulbs 164 2.5%
Gas ranges and ovens 146 2.2%
Electric coffee makers or tea pots 144 2.2%
Cribs 134 2.0%
Non-metal cookware 114 1.7%

 

So, what’s next in Year Two of SaferProducts.gov? First, we want more consumers to learn about and use this valuable public resource. So, we’re launching a public service video campaign.  We hope these videos will make you laugh and make you more informed all at once. So, enjoy… and then share.

These videos will be posted on all of CPSC’s social media sites, including our YouTube page. You might see them in Facebook and Google ads, or even on your Facebook news stream if enough of you like them.

Second, we have been hard at work on a set of challenges for app developers. Over the next year, we will open a stream of the SaferProducts.gov information through a developer API. And then, we’re going to challenge software developers to become innovative with the information. Create mobile apps. Devise scanners that help people find and use SaferProducts.gov information from their phones. Build search tools so that when people search on the Web, they see SaferProducts.gov reports along with product reviews.

We hope you bookmark SaferProducts.gov, use the information to make your home and family safer, and tell your friends about the site, too.

March 17, 2012, Update: See the coverage of SaferProducts.gov’s anniversary on CPSC’s Storify page.

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SaferProducts Is Born!

CPSC is proud to be taking part this year in National Consumer Protection Week. This week you’ll see a coordinated campaign at NCPW.gov that encourages you – consumers – nationwide to take full advantage of your rights and make better-informed decisions.

Making informed decisions is what SaferProducts.gov is all about.

Today, CPSC is launching the first consumer product database of its kind.

This database starts with YOU!

Come to SaferProducts.gov. Tell us about safety problems you have experienced with a consumer product. We’re not talking about a product you just don’t like – the slow computer or noisy freezer. Instead, maybe the electric cord on one of your countertop appliances began to melt and smoke during use. Maybe your toddler pulled a small piece off a toy that could be a choking hazard. Maybe you have a power tool with a trigger that gets stuck, preventing the tool from stopping after you have released the trigger.

Here’s how SaferProducts.gov works:

If you experience a safety problem with a consumer product, you should go to www.SaferProducts.gov and click on the button “Report an Unsafe Product.” You fill out an easy to use, interactive form, telling us about the product and what happened. The more details you give us, the better. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete. Before you submit your report, you will be asked whether you want your report to be published on SaferProducts.gov. You will also be asked to verify that your report is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.

If you say “yes” and submit all of the required information, your report will be put in the queue to appear online for anyone to see. First, we’ll send your report to the product’s manufacturer or private labeler so they can review it and comment on it. Then, in most cases, your report will be published online 10 days after we send it to the business.

Through SaferProducts.gov, you can look up any product you have at home or are thinking of buying. You can see if others reported safety concerns about a product. You can see the manufacturer’s response. The first reports that come in on March 11 should be visible by early April.

Information is power. And this information empowers you. This open access to product safety information puts the power into your hands to make safer choices for your family.

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