Some everyday items that tenants use inside their apartment pose a danger due to a manufacturer’s design defect. Whether the item is one that a landlord has provided (such as a kitchen appliance or window treatment) or something a tenant has purchased (such as a crib or a chair), it’s important for tenants to find out about any hidden dangers that get discovered. This way, tenants can stop using unsafe products and, depending on the item, landlords or tenants can proceed to get recalled items repaired or replaced promptly.
Just recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency “charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with thousands of types of consumer products,” announced recalls for a range of products that can be found in apartments, such as:
- A TV wall mount from Costco because of an impact hazard (October 16, 2014);
- A folding table from Michaels because of a fall hazard (October 15, 2014);
- Pendant lamps from Rejuvenation because of an injury hazard (October 9, 2014);
- A bistro chair from Ross Stores because of a fall hazard (September 25, 2014); and
- Gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets from Hearth & Home Technologies because of a gas leak risk and fire hazard (September 23, 2014).
When landlords and tenants seek to learn about newly discovered dangers in such products, their efforts minimize the chances that tenants or guests will get injured or that the property will suffer damage (such as by a fire hazard). Plus, landlords will avoid a situation in which injured tenants and guests pursue legal action claiming a landlord is responsible for having supplied the dangerous item.
Sign Up for Recall Notices
Many landlords and tenants don’t know that there’s an easy way to learn about recalled consumer products once dangers are discovered. In addition to informing the public of product recalls on its website, CPSC can automatically email you about important safety recalls the day they’re issued.
To sign up, visit the Subscriptions page of CPSC’s website and enter your email address along with the type of information you wish to receive. Note that all recall emails are sent at the end of the day, and you can change your subscription or unsubscribe at any time.
Help Others by Reporting Unsafe Products
If you learn about a recall for an unsafe product, it was probably the result of complaints and reports of injuries from consumers like you. So, if you encounter a problem or you identify a hidden danger in an appliance or other item that you use, consider reporting it to the CPSC, as it may prove to be part of a widespread issue. Your efforts can contribute toward helping keep everyone safe.
Click the “Report an Unsafe Product” link at the top of CPSC’s website or visit the File a Report page to access the form directly. You can complete the form online or follow the instructions to file your report by email, mail, or phone, if you prefer. Note that unless you wish for CPSC to share your contact information, it will remain confidential.