The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is an independent agency of the United States government “charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.” (CPSC). The CPSC regulates the sale and manufacture of more than 15,000 different consumer products, including clothing and accessories. The CPSC regulates the goods in commerce by “banning dangerous consumer products, establishing safety requirements for other consumer products, issuing recalls of products already on the market, and researching potential hazards associated with consumer products.”
The CPSC learns about unsafe products in a number of ways. For instance, the agency maintains a consumer hotline through which consumers may report concerns about unsafe products or injuries associated with products. Product safety concerns may also be submitted through SaferProducts.gov.