The Best Ways to Track Recalls

Posted on 05/15/2014

When McDonald's sells cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses or toddlers choke on Fisher Price "Little People" recalls are issued. But with thousands of recalls happening each year, how can consumers possibly stay informed about it all? Keep you and your family safe by staying on top of recalls with these tracking tools.

BabyCenter Product Recall Finder
Rechargeable batteries that overheat and rupture, car seat latches that malfunction and pajamas that don't meet flammability standards are all on the recall list-- and that's just within in the past few weeks. Wondering if that crib you found on Craigslist is safe? Need to know if those toys you found at the consignment shop are choking hazards? Run them through the Product Recall Finder at to know for sure.

Sign Up for Emails is a one-stop shop for recall information. Six federal agencies use the site to alert the public about unsafe, hazardous or defective products. Instead of remembering to visit the site regularly, simply sign up for the free email service. Find out when the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has new recall information.

Register Your New Products
When you buy anything from a car to a crib, fill out the registration card and mail it in. That way if the manufacturer issues a recall they'll be required to send you information about how to get the product fixed or replaced.

SaferCar App
For those who own used cars, finding out about recalls can be a little more challenging. Sign up for the free SaferCar mobile app, register your vehicles and the NHTSA will notify you if a safety issue is uncovered. The app is available for Android and Apple devices.

Recalls App
Stay updated on the most recent product recalls with the free Recalls app. It includes images, descriptions and important details to help you stay informed about recalled products. It pulls recall information from five government agencies into one convenient spot. For $.99 you can buy the Pro version which includes a searchable database and realtime alerts for new recalls.

By Alison Storm

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