Product recall is
an effort to remove a product from the market
because of safety issues or product defects that
could endanger the lives of consumers and result in
legal and financial risks to the maker/seller.
Product recall can be voluntary or involuntary.
A maker/seller of a product can chose to voluntarily
remove a product from the market at any time.
Doing so voluntarily is preferrable to waiting for the
government to compell removal. Makers/sellers
should continually assess the safety of their products
before placing them for sale and recall items after sale
if a safety or product defect issue has been detected.
Doing so will place you in good standing with your
customers rather than show you in a negative light.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
is the government agency charged with overseeing the
product recall program. The product recall program
is governed by
To see products that have been recalled visit this
Small Business Resource page for
the CPSC to learn more. This page will provide you
with information you need to ensure that your product is
in compliance with federal consumer product safety
You can go directly to the
Business Education page to find
information on product testing, labeling and reporting.