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NY Daily News: Despite objections from the manufacturing industry, government launches consumer products website


March 12, 2011- Despite a last-minute attempt to derail it, the government launched a public database Friday that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products - from cribs and toys to power tools and hair dryers.

SaferProducts.gov, overseen by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, went live as scheduled - over the objections of manufacturers and a GOP effort on Capitol Hill to withhold money for the project.

The database allows people to file reports of injury or potential harm about household products, baby gear and more. As consumers complain in coming weeks, they'll be able to find info about problems with specific items they have in their homes or want to buy.

"Through SaferProducts.gov, consumers will have open access to product safety information that they have never seen before, and the information will empower them to make safer choices," said agency chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum.

But manufacturers contend the database will be filled with bogus reports and misleading information. The National Association of Manufacturers sought this week to delay the launch. They want the definition of who can file a report to be more limited. Pretty much anyone can file a complaint, which has opponents worried that business competitors, lawyers and others will lodge complaints motivated by political or financial agendas

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