What Every American Should Know About the Consumer Protection Safety Act
The Consumer Protection Safety Act (CPSA) is meant to protect consumers from the risk of death or injury from dangerous and defective products. Enacted by Congress in 1972, it outlines guidelines for the safe production, sale, packaging, and labeling of consumer products. It also regulates manufacturers and requires that they follow a specific protocol if or when a defective product is discovered. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers adhere to the CPSA. For this reason, every American should understand their rights and protections under this Act, including what their rights are if or when an injury or fatality occurs.
Consumers Have the Right to Expect Reasonably Safe Products
Before the CPSA, defects were extremely common. Some products were so dangerous, they put millions of people at risk of death or serious injury. There were toasters that would catch fire, even if not in use, and burn down homes. There were toys that caused strangulation and contained lead paint, which compromised the health and safety of young children. Essentially, consumers never knew what they were buying, or if it would pose a risk to themselves or their family members. It was this problematic situation that led to the enactment of the CPSA.
Now consumers have a right to expect that the items they purchase – toys, household appliances, and even food – are reasonably safe for use and consumption. True, some products are dangerous in nature, but there is still an expectation that the products will not be unreasonably so. Take chainsaws, for example. While most consumers recognize that using a chainsaw carries risk, they still have a right to expect that the saw will not start running on its own, which would place them at an unnecessarily high risk for injury. Further, any potential hazards or risks must be clearly visible to the consumer, either on the product’s packaging, through a warning tag, or on the product itself.
Manufacturers Are Required to Notify When Defects Arise
If a defect that could place the health or safety of consumers at risk does occur, manufacturers are required to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Manufacturers must also notify the CPSC if their product was potentially involved in the death or serious injury of a consumer. Failure to meet these requirements can result in additional penalties for the manufacturer, and may also increase the chances of a substantial compensation award for the injured or fatally wounded victim. Unfortunately, holding these multi-million dollar companies accountable is no easy task; they have teams of attorneys and can bury information that points to fault. As such, it is highly suggested that victims seek legal assistance when filing a defective product claim.
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