Marking the first anniversary of its launch of a consumer products safety information Website, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has indicated that 6,600 consumers reported product-related incidents in the first year and has released other statistics about the types of products that generated the most reports. Apparently, kitchen products, such as ranges or ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, and electric coffee makers, were responsible for 36 percent of the consumer product-incident reports. CPSC also noted that the agency is working with software developers to create mobile apps, devise scanners and build search tools that will integrate SaferProducts.gov reports with online product reviews.
While consumer safety advocates continue to support the database, which was designed to serve as an early-warning system for potentially dangerous products, industry interests, concerned about accuracy and their reputations, continue to criticize certain parts of the reporting system. They reportedly contend that the posting procedures are inadequate to ensure that material inaccuracies are not published. A case filed by an anonymous company seeking to stop CPSC from posting an incident report about one of its products remains pending under seal in a federal court in Maryland. See Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, March 12, 2012.