The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 provided further safety requirements for children's products as well as the protection of whistleblowers who take certain actions to raise concerns about consumer product safety. The CPSC has the power to develop safety standards and pursue recalls for products that present unreasonable or substantial risks of injury or death to consumers. It has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products.

Although it doesn't have jurisdiction over some categories of product like automobiles and other on-road vehicles, tires, boats, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, food, drugs, cosmetics, pesticides, and medical devices. The CPSC also doesn't have the legal authority to test or certify products for safety.

A product recall is a request to return to the manufacturer a batch or an entire production run of a product or the removal from sale of products that may constitute a risk to consumers because of contamination, sabotage, or faults in the production.

For information or assistance on the reporting requirements or product recall procedures of the Consumer Product Safety Commission or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Contact: