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One Year of Safer Products

More than 6,600 people have reported products that caused harm or have the potential to harm someone in and around the home to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website in its first year. Check out the top 10 products most commonly reported.

Ed note: this post was originally published at On Safety, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's official blog

One year! That’s how long it’s been since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission launched This first year of the government’s consumer products safety information website has been the year of the empowered consumer.

Here’s what Year One has looked like:

So far, more than 6,600 of you have reported products to CPSC that caused harm or have the potential to harm someone in and around your home. These reports are published and available for all consumers to see and use. More are published every day. is valuable to consumers because now there is a single place where you can search for incident reports about products, file an incident report, or check for recall information. Before, you would have had to file a Freedom of Information Act request about a specific product and manufacturer to learn about consumer product complaints received by CPSC. Now, you can search for this public information easily on the website.

About 36% of your reports involve kitchen products. Mostly, those involve electric ranges or ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and coffee and tea pots. Here’s a list of the Top 10 reports to

Most Common Reports by Product Type (as of March 1, 2012)
Product Reports to Percent of Reports
Electric ranges or ovens(excl. countertop ovens) 638 9.7%
Dishwashers 440 6.7%
Footwear 293 4.5%
Refrigerators 277 4.2%
Microwave Ovens 190 2.9%
Light Bulbs 164 2.5%
Gas ranges and ovens 146 2.2%
Electric coffee makers or tea pots 144 2.2%
Cribs 134 2.0%
Non-metal cookware 114 1.7%

So, what’s next in Year Two of First, we want more consumers to learn about and use this valuable public resource. So, we’re launching a public service video campaign.  We hope these videos will make you laugh and make you more informed all at once. So, enjoy… and then share.

Second, we have been hard at work on a set of challenges for app developers. Over the next year, we will open a stream of the information through a developer API. And then, we’re going to challenge software developers to become innovative with the information. Create mobile apps. Devise scanners that help people find and use information from their phones. Build search tools so that when people search on the Web, they see reports along with product reviews.

We hope you bookmark, use the information to make your home and family safer, and tell your friends about the site, too.