b4USA – US Made Product Awareness blog
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people..
“They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
LETTER CXVII.—TO JAMES MADISON, December 20, 1787
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Country of Origin
Awareness of Product Origin is important; daily this blog page is tracking the consumer products that may cause risk of injury or death.
Many foreign made products have been found to be harmful to children and adults. It is critical that you educate yourself and others about product defects; young and infant children are often at risk of choking and due to sub-standard manufacturing there are many other product Hazards. Unfortunately in 2015, due to a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge by Canada and Mexico our US Congress and President passed laws that no longer require the beef in our grocery stores to be labeled with a country of origin label; this may have devastating effects in the future!
Always search out and find the origin of the products you intend to buy. Spend a few extra seconds and notice through inspection, the country of origin and composition (can pieces come loose?) of every product you wish to purchase.
Education is Awareness of Product Origin
The knowledge acquired by searching for the country of origin may save a life. “Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the USA more than $1 trillion annually.” There are many factors that contribute to hazardous situations. Some foreign product suppliers do not properly inspect or test their merchandise prior to distribution, also foreign manufacturers force their workers to live and work in uncertified factories that can contribute to death and destruction.
Information below is provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Since January of 2012 we have found approx. 2154 CPSC product safety recalls: 1712 were of foreign origin, 442 were US manufactured. Over 80% of recalled products are foreign made.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the US Customs and Border Protection officers (CBP) work closely together and are both agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.
Millions of foreign unsafe products from entering our country.
If you know of an American made product we do not have listed please leave us the information on our Refer / Contact page. Please, check out our other Tabs, your participation is helpful to the education of America and the promotion of our Purpose.
Where are products made?
Below is a short list of recalled products; as you can see many of the products are produced in foreign countries by American companies. The purchase of foreign made merchandise has serious effects on American Middle Class Economics.
Hazardous Products NOT “Made in USA”
Martha Stewart Stainless Steel Cookware, 8 and 10-inch frying pans from the cookware set are made in China, the rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard.
Rocky Boots The Snake Boots, made in China, snake guard failed while a Rocky Brands contractor sustained injuries from a snake bite while demonstrating the product. Not made in USA
Westinghouse Lighting The light fixture pull chain switch on the glass shade holder is incorrectly wired, posing a shock hazard to the consumer. Not made in USA
Dirt Devil® Scorpion® Vac Turbo Tool Accessory motor fan blades can break posing a laceration hazard to the user or bystanders. Not made in USA
Ardent Outdoors | Fishing ReelsUnfortunately we could not compete on price due to labor and the cost of components. We do source all of our reel care products and are 100% American owned. Not made in USA
Bean Bag Chairs with Zippers Sold before July 2013, have caused Two Deaths of children. Not made in USA
Children’s sunglassesFGX International Inc. makes Disney, Spider-Man sunglasses that contain excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law. Not made in USA
Trane XB300 and American Standard Silver SI Air Conditioning Systems Made in Mexico, poses a Shock Hazard to consumers. Not made in USA
Assorted Manufacturers Crossbows Foreign made: Master Cutlery, Precision Shooting Equipment, Bohning/Middleton, Excalibur | USA made: MXB, and Bear | All can fire an arrow unexpectedly without the trigger being pulled.
Hamilton Beach Baby Food Maker stop using the slicing/shredding disc; the stainless steel pin in the food bowl lid may fall into the processed food. Made in China. Not made in USA
Walmart Mainstays five-piece card table and chair sets, made in China and Taiwan; 10 reports of injuries from collapsing chairs. Injury reports include one finger amputation, three fingertip amputations, sprained or fractured fingers and one report of a sore back. Not made in USA
Platex Hip Hammock, made in China. The waist and shoulder strap buckles can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the child. Not made in USA
Black & Decker® Spacemaker™ Coffeemakers are made in China, the pot handle can break, causing Cuts and Burns to the consumer. Not made in USA
Haier or Black & Decker Freezers are foreign made, they can overheat and Cause a Fire. Made in China
Bell Sports Inc. / Bell Helmets Bell Full Throttle Bike Helmets are “Made in China”; the safety strap can release in an accident causing a risk of Head Injury.
Not made in USA
Lego is a Danish maker of plastic building blocks for children, they are investing at least $106 million into a new China Mfg. facility. Lego has no US manufacturing plants. Not made in USA
Aqua Lung Inc. dba U.S. Divers The tempered glass of the U.S. Divers made in China youth snorkeling mask and mask sets can break posing a Laceration Hazard. Not made in USA
Briggs & Stratton Their Snow Blower engine made in the US and China has a defective carburetor bowl nut which could leak fuel possibly causing a fire. Link
Homelite Recalls their Electric Blower Vacuums. Made in China
Samsonite Recalls made in China, Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits Due to Fire, Burn Hazards. Not made in USA
Fisher-Price/Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleepers check for mold under the removable seat cushion; Infants have been treated for Respiratory Issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product. Made in China