While news reports may cover some high profile recalls and product defects, this is not the best way to receive information. News stations do not report on every recall, so if you only use this source, you may miss an important announcement about a product you have purchased. 

USA.gov explains the federal government runs several organizations that can help you to stay on top of recalls. You can not only learn about recalls but also report issues you have with a product through these organizations. 

Food recalls 

If you want to find out about recalls involving food items, you can visit the Food Safety government website. This site collects information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. You can also go directly to the FDA’s website to get information about food recalls. 

Automotive recalls 

If you need information about defects with vehicles or pertaining to different components of vehicles, then you will use the Safe Car website. This site also publishes details about recalls related to car seats. 

General recalls 

For recalls on other types of products, you can go to the FDA, which in addition to food covers other consumer products, such as cosmetics and pet food. This is where to find information on medication recalls as well. 

The government also runs a recall website that lists notices from all government agencies that manage consumer products. You may also be able to get email notifications for this site to keep you informed without having to visit a website at all. 

You can also visit the website of a manufacturer to get recall information if you know of an issue with a product.