In August 2000, 14.4 million tires were recalled from sport-utility vehicles
following reports that 119 people had died in accidents relating to the
tires. The far-reaching recall was an example of U.S. government consumer
protection agencies at work.
The government regularly releases product safety and consumer information on
the Internet. The U.S. Consumer Gateway is an
all-encompassing consumer information portal. The site issues news alerts
about important safety issues.
Over 15,000 products, from refrigerators to pencil sharpeners, are regulated
Consumer Product Safety Commission. The agency
is responsible for testing products and enforcing safety guidelines. Visit
CPSC Recall page for
the latest safety news. You can also search a directory of recalled products and
The Food and Drug Administration works to maintain the safety of food,
cosmetics, medicines and medical devices. The FDA offers
Information for radiation-emitting
products, clinical trials and other topics. At
Consumer Drug Information, patients can learn about
the side effects of many drugs.