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To find information on your product, do the following:

  1. If your product is in CPSC's jurisdiction and
  2. If your product was not on the list of Regulated Products
  3. You most likely have an unregulated product.

Do not have standards or bans Must report defective or dangerous products

The following is information that manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers need to know concerning unregulated products:

 

Reporting Requirements

For most firms, there are two reporting requirements: Dangerous Products & Lawsuits:

Dangerous Products (Section 15) - Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers are required to report to CPSC under Section 15 (b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) within 24 hours of obtaining information which reasonably supports the conclusion that a product does not comply with a safety rule issued under the CPSA, or contains a defect which could create a substantial risk of injury to the public or presents an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, 15 U.S.C. § 2064(b). Companies can use our on-line form to report a potentially defective or hazardous product.

Lawsuits (Section 37) - Manufacturers of a consumer product are also required to report information about settled or adjudicated lawsuits to CPSC under Section 37 (b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) , 15 U.S.C. § 2084.

The following documentation can help companies become familiar with their reporting requirements:

Fast Track Information - an alternative procedure for reports filed pursuant to Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act for firms that initiate acceptable corrective action within 20 working days of the date of their report.

Fast Track Product Information (brochure) - Brochure on Fast Track Product Recall program.

Recall Checklist - this checklist helps manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers conduct effective and comprehensive product recalls.

Recall Handbook (pdf) - Covers companies responsibility to report hazardous products

Reports submitted pursant to Section 37 of the Consumer Product Safety Act regulation - Explains the company's obligations and the Commission's procedures.

Substantial Product Hazard Reports regulation - Explains the company's obligations and the Commission's procedures.

Recall Plans

Fast Track Product Recall Program (brochure) - describes the conditions for participation in the Fast Track program.

Recall Assistance from Non-CPSC Sources - companies that help firms with their development and implementation of product safety recalls.

Recall Handbook (pdf) - Guidance on preparing for, initiating and implementing product safety recalls

Substantial Product Hazard Reports regulation - Subpart B Remedial Actions and Sanctions discusses voluntary remedial actions and prohibited actions and sanctions.

Video News Release Potential Vendors - List of potential vendors to assist in developing video news releases

Web Site Notification Guidelines - Guidance on how to post recall information on your web site

Miscellaneous Documents

Letter to Manufacturers, Distributors and Importers of 500-Watt Tubular Halogen Bulbs

Letter to Importers and Manufacturers of Hairdryers - Immersion Protection Devices (pdf)

CPSC Staff Guidance on Boat Hoists used at Residential Dwellings

Directory of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (pdf)

Amusement Ride Safety Bulletin - Gravitron/Starship (pdf)

Amusement Ride Safety Bulletin - Mobile Rock/Climbing Walls (pdf)

Amusement Ride Safety Bulletin - Inflatable Amusement Rides (pdf)

Amusement Ride Safety Bulletin - Sizzler (pdf)

Important Safety Notice - Overfill Protection Devices (pdf)

Letter to Utility Companies Regarding Older Flexible Gas Connectors

Standard for Window Coverings and Cords

Testing Laboratories for Toys, Children's Articles and Other Products

Fast Track Product Recall Program - describes the conditions for participation in the Fast Track Recall program. Also includes a sample press release and sample point of purchase poster.


- Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers are required to report to CPSC under Section 15 (b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) within 24 hours of obtaining information which reasonably supports the conclusion that a product does not comply with a safety rule issued under the CPSA, or contains a defect which could create a substantial risk of injury to the public or presents an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, 15 U.S.C. § 2064(b). Companies can use our on-line form to report a potentially defective or hazardous product.

- Manufacturers of a consumer product are also required to report information about settled or adjudicated lawsuits to CPSC under Section 37 (b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) , 15 U.S.C. § 2084.