CPSC approves final rule regarding mandatory recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued new requirements for information that must be contained in a mandatory product recall notice.

Under the CPSC’s new rule, manufacturers who are ordered either by the Commission or a U.S. District Court to recall a defective product must issue a product recall notice that contains at least the following information:

  • A description of the product;
  • The action being taken;
  • The estimated number of units affected by the recall;
  • The identification of the product hazard, and the reason for the recall;
  • The identification of the manufacturer and significant retailers;
  • Dates when the product was manufactured and sold;
  • The number and description of any injuries or deaths associated with the recalled product;
  • The ages of anyone injured or killed;
  • The remedies available to consumers regarding the recalled product.

The new rule does not apply to notices of voluntary recalls by manufacturers, although the Commission says it may consider a separate rulemaking procedure in the future to cover such notices.  However, the Commission expects that the rule affecting mandatory recalls will serve as a guide for voluntary recall notices as well.

View the text of the CPSC press release regarding the rule changes for mandatory recall notices.