The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)…will begin work on a new searchable database expected to be operational next March, said The Associated Press (AP). The database——will provide information on thousands of consumer products at a cost of about $20 million.

Today, the CPSC’s Web site enables consumers to search its recall section for items that have already been recalled for safety concerns, said the AP; however, the new database will also provide injury complaints and complaints about possible dangers which are filed with the CPSC by “consumers, safety groups, health care professionals, and others,” said the AP. That information could lead to recalls and could be viewable by consumers prior to action taken to issue a recall, said the AP. The database will also enable the agency to look at trends and targets, said the AP.

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