One of the biggest problems with the product safety system in the U.S. is that it requires a great deal of voluntary participation.
Companies are supposed to voluntarily report a defect to the government. Consumers are supposed to voluntarily follow the terms of the recall. We don't know how many companies avoid telling the truth, but we do know that an awful lot of families avoid dealing with recalls. To what extent that's attributable to neglect or ignorance isn't clear.
Scott Wolfson, spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), says, "What we know at CPSC is that the response rate for some of these recalls can be low, which can present a serious risk of a child being hurt after the recall is announced. This is a great concern to our safety agency."
Because so many dangerous products remain in homes across America, CPSC compiled a Most Wanted list for Parents.com. Each one of the top five specifically poses a threat to children.
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