Yikes, Another Recall?!!! (Betty Sexton)

We all lead busy lives... so how can you possibly stay on top of every recall that impacts your family?




   Your life is busy... you've got your spouse, the kids, pets, work, home... the list goes on and on. So you overhear someone talking and it's about your child's favorite toy ... wow, that's been recalled? You mean it's unsafe?

    And that makes you think about that spinach salad you just had for lunch. Did you wash the bagged spinach before you ate it? You know, ecoli may be an issue again.  And what about your car... the latest recall involves Toyota...but your brakes feel a little soft... hmm...

   These days recalls, product warnings, and alerts are everywhere. It's hard to stay on top of EVERYTHING!

   Here's my advice... check this Call for Action page regularly. We have a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website and when it passes on an alert... we in turn give that information to you. It's there on the right side of the page.

   Another site to visit is recalls.gov. Uncle Sam's agencies list all federal recalls on this one site: http://www.recalls.gov./

As for vehicles, car manufacturers are required to tell the government about potential problems and safety concerns before a recall is issued. This is done in what's called an EWR, Early Warning Report.

This information used to be confidential. It's now available to the public at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/. If you're in the market for a car, go to this site before you buy. The Office of Defects Investigation, ODI is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You'll find it's chock full of information.

Bottom line, be an informed consumer. You aren't going to stop buying stuff... just stay in the loop and we'll do our best to keep you up-to-date.

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