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Product Registration Cards and Recalls

Petition CP 01-01 Petition for Product Registration Cards

Introduction – Draft on Recall Card Registration
Comments Consumers Union (CU), publisher of Consumer Reports, believes strongly that the system currently in place by which manufacturers of children’s products agree to recall products needs substantial improvement. We therefore welcome the opportunity to provide comments in support of: “Petition CP 01-01, Petition for Product Registration Cards” filed by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) calling for product registration cards to accompany products intended for use by children. Too often when a recall takes place, manufacturers are unable to identify the purchasers of their products. Experience at another federal agency with recall registration cards suggests that more effective recall notification systems will lead to higher rates of products returned for refund, repair or replacement. If this petition is granted, we believe it would result in improved safety for children, America’s most vulnerable consumers.
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