What Are the Most Dangerous Products the Government Wants Your Family to be Aware of?

Every day toys, cribs, strollers and other seemingly "safe" products are recalled from the marketplace. They are recalled because they have been shown to cause grievous injury and even wrongful death. How can you protect your family and avoid these dangerous products?

The best shortcut is the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC was undermanned and diminished during the eight years of the Bush administration, but it's making a comeback in an effort to protect America's families from dangerous products.

You may remember the Chinese toys containing lead and other hazardous materials. How could such toys come into our country without appropriate testing? The answer is unscrupulous manufacturers and distributors and a grossly undermanned CPSC.

The Obama administration is changing all this and the best avenue to keep your family safe is a regular visit to the CPSC website. http://www.cpsc.gov/

Today we will focus on the CPSC's "most wanted". Typically these products are ones that ordinary members of the public would not perceive as dangerous. They also are products which hurt and kill the most vulnerable family members, babies and small children.

The present list of six items includes cribs, bassinets, toy figures, toy tool benches and play yards. All of these products have one end user, babies and small children.

Delta cribs can suffocate or entrap their occupants. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09016.html

Mega Brands magnetic toys can cause wrongful death and intestinal problems when swallowed. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09016.html

Kolcraft Play Yards resulted in the strangulation and death of a toddler. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07315.html

Two toddlers suffocated to death on components of the Playskool Toy Tool bench. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06266.html

The point is that many products have dangerous properties and the best way to keep our families safe is to visit the CPSC website, plug a product into the search engine and take a look. Common-sense is also essential.