<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/dangersign.jpg”>Whenever you buy a brand new product right when it hits the market, the safety of that product is always a concern. That’s particularly true when the product, like children’s toys or a new car, can have a direct impact on the health and safety of your own family. Rather than trying to constantly check for any recall announcements for every single product you’ve bought that could pose a safety concern if it malfunctions, it’s much easier to just sign up for product recall RSS feeds and then just keep an eye out for any recall alerts that might affect you.
The only problem is that there really isn’t one central feed that covers every product within every industry. So, to help you keep on top of the latest products alerts I’ve decided to provide a list of the top product recall RSS feeds that you can subscribe to for all of the latest recall updates.
Top 7 Product Recall RSS Feeds
The most popular product that people usually watch recalls for are cars. Aside from a home, a vehicle is one of the largest purchases that people make, so any defect or problem that arises becomes a major concern for consumers. Luckily, most car manufacturers will repair major recall issues for free, but you need to be aware of what those issues are. One useful product recall RSS feed throughout the auto industry comes from SafeCar.gov.
There, you can subscribe to one (or all) of three feeds that cover the most popular issues that drivers are concerned about today, tire and child restraint recalls, and overall general vehicle recalls. This is a US based website with the feeds drawn from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but it also covers vehicles made from around the world.
Food & Drug Administration
Another useful feed from one of the largest organizations that monitors and manages the safety of both food and medication is the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) feed covering recalls and safety alerts for any medicine or food products you may be taking.
The feed is updated pretty often, so you can feel confident that if the FDA spots any problems with any product, you’ll be the first to hear about it. This is especially useful when there’s some kind of food contamination in a certain product that might be sitting on grocery store shelves.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Another recall RSS feed that’s a little more general but just as useful comes from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). You can select a specific feed that covers a certain category of products like sports, outdoor gear or household products, or you can just subscribe to the general feed that covers them all.
This feed is also updated very often and even if there aren’t often products that you’ve purchased that make the list of recalls, it’s still interesting to see what products and which brands hit the recall list through the year.
For readers in Europe, another great resource comes from a brand new website called RecalledProducts. This website lets you either sign up for email alerts, or you can click on the RSS feed link on the right to receive the updates via RSS. This feed is based exclusively on European product recalls.
This feed is also updated often and filled with a lot of useful information about the latest product recalls throughout Europe.
Another resource that makes sense as a good place to find recall information is CSA International. This is a company that tests and certifies that products meet international standards, and the organization also issues recall information about any of the products that were previously CSA certified.
You’ll find a variety of products on the CSA feed, but most of them do tend to focus on industry and manufacturing products. So if that’s an area you’re interested in following, then this is the recall feed for you.
New York Times Product Recalls
Out of all of the major news organizations around the world, the New York Times actually does an excellent job following and reporting on product recalls. The NYT even has its own Product Recalls section of the website, and an RSS feed on the right side of the page that you can use to follow along with their latest recall news reports.
If you still can’t get enough product recall RSS news, then head over to the New Zealand based Consumer website. This is another more general site with a section for “latest recalls” that you can subscribe to via RSS.
This page is updated at least a few times a month with a whole variety of recalls including food, electronics and more.
Food Standards Agency
Finally, for European based readers that want to stay on top of the latest food recall alerts right when then occur, the best RSS feed to check out is that of the Food Standards Agency.
This is a well updated feed with “rapid alerts” from any European Commission alerts about tainted food that needs to get pulled from the shelves. By staying informed about the latest food recalls, you can keep yourself and your family safe from potentially unhealthy foods.
Overall, each of these product recall RSS feed update services provide a good stream of information about products that you should be aware might pose a danger. One of the best ways to stay on top of everything with very little effort is to subscribe to multiple ones in your RSS reader and group them under “product recalls”. This way you can see everything at a glance.
Do you follow product recalls in your RSS reader? Do you take a different approach? Share your insight in the comments section below.