Consumer Watch: Household items associated with safety incidents


by Andy Treinen

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 9 at 7:49 PM

(WHAS11) -- An overheating dishwasher or a broken toy might seem like a simple household inconvenience, but it could be a sign of a greater problem and that could have an effect on all consumers.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a list of product categories with the most safety incidents reported to its public website,

Here are some of items at the top of the list:

  • appliances 
  • items in the nursery
  • toys
  • shoes and footwear
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • indoor lighting
  • cookware and tableware
  • laundry, fabric care and sewing
  • bedroom, bedding and bath
  • furniture
  • grills

Among specific items causing concerns; electric ranges and ovens, and dishwashers.
The CPSC has received around 7,000 reports to the website since its launch one year ago.
Some critics, however, have worried about the risk of user-generated information that's false or misleading, it could damage a good product's reputation, but consumer advocates have praised the site.

And CPSC said reports to the site have led to at least two product recalls.