Release date: January 6, 1975
Release number: 75-004

Release Details

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has established a call diverter system so that manufacturers, distributors and retailers can call the Commission 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report possible substantial product hazards. The system went into effect on January 6, 1975.

Under Commission regulations, published in a Federal Register notice on February 19, 1974, manufacturers, distributors and retailers are required to report such potentially hazardous products to the Commission within 24 hours after discovery. The regulation was promulgated pursuant to Section 15 of the Consumer Product Safety Act.

The call diverter system will make it possible to communicate with a CPSC staff member after regular working hours and on weekends. The telephone number is 301-496-7631, the same number used during normal working hours. When calling after hours, a taped message will instruct the caller to stay on the line while the call is automatically transferred to the residence of a staff member in the Office of Product Defect Identification. If the line is busy the recording instructs the caller to try again in several minutes.

This system is not a part of the Commission's toll-free consumer hotline and should be used only by manufacturers, distributors and retailers reporting a product they feel may present a substantial hazard to consumers.

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