Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney | Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. | Free Consultation
Contact Philadelphia personal injury attorney from Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. They will help you seek compensation that covers all of the needs you and your family will have today and in the years to come.
Logo 215-929-7216 866-597-8572
215-929-7216 1525 Locust Street 8th Floor Philadelphia, PA19102
610-550-8392 38 N 6th Street Reading, PA19601
610-839-7823 612 Hamilton Street The Trifecta Building 2nd Floor Allentown, PA19601
717-537-9244 8 North Queen Street 11th Floor Lancaster, PA17603
856-406-2242 457 Haddonfield Rd, Suite 540 Cherry Hill, NJ08002
212-804-8125 200 Park Ave, Suite 1700 New York, NY08002
Local: 215-929-7216
Toll Free: 866-597-8572
  • Free Consultation
  • Calls Answered 24/7
  • 6 Locations
Local: 215-929-7216
Toll Free: 866-597-8572

What agency ensures the safety of consumer products?

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. Posted in Products Liability on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Most consumer products safety falls under the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They have jurisdiction over consumer products that cover such mundane everyday types of products from toys to lawn mowers and even fireworks. Though they cover a multitude of products that most people use on a regular day to day basis they do not have a comprehensive jurisdiction over all consumer products.

Depending on the product in question safety issues can fall under the jurisdiction of other Federal agencies. Automobiles and motorcycles as well as other automotive vehicle safety, for example, falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation. Food and drug safety falls under the jurisdiction of, not surprisingly, the Food and Drug Administration. It should be noted that, though the safety of drugs themselves falls under the jurisdiction of the FDA, the safety and efficacy of child-resistant packaging that they are dispensed in falls under the jurisdiction of a different agency other than the FDA.

The main reason for the farming out of safety jurisdictions to all the different Federal agencies instead of having one umbrella that handles them all is volume and expediency. The deaths, injuries and private as well as public property damage that is inflicted on consumers from defective products annually cost the nation collectively over a trillion dollars. If one agency had to handle all the workload of investigating and processing all of these incidents it would grind to a halt very quickly.

Add to that, in certain situations, for example, drug interactions or automotive brake failure. In order to investigate incidents effectively, a certain niche level of familiarity and understanding of the related industry and its particulars is required. Thus it best serves everyone’s interest that the federal agency that is tasked with overseeing that specific industry is also tasked with policing and maintaining its products’ safety.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “Products Under the Jurisdiction of Other Federal Agencies and Federal Links,” Accessed May 18, 2015