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It is important to stay current on product recalls

As many California residents know, it is extremely important to stay on top of the latest recalls. This is especially true if you have children.

Although we all hear warnings about defective products, did you know that only 10 percent of products that are reported to be dangerous (through product recalls) are returned?

In fact, an executive from a safety advocacy group says, "We know that the majority of products that are recalled remain in consumers' homes."

For example, earlier this year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for thousands of furnaces. However, approximately 93 percent of the nearly 400 reported product-related problems or accidents happened after the recall notice.

According to reports, people leave recalled products in their home for many reasons, including lack of awareness and pure laziness. Many pretend like something dangerous will never happen to them. However, if people do not stay current on the various product problems, this could result in injury after the dangers have been broadcasted.

Maybe all of this means that manufacturers and retailers should do a better job of alerting the public of any safety concerns for products.

However, the executive from the safety group argues that parents are responsible, too. She says, "Parents should check the products they use with their children against the list of recalls and remove them from use."

As a parent, you know it is impossible to protect your child from every danger that exists. Nevertheless, if you do a quick search on the internet, you will probably find a source or two that lists the most current product recalls. One website is http://www.saferproducts.gov/.

Source: Time Magazine, "10 Dangerous Products You Might Have in Your Home," Mitch Lipka, May 22, 2012

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