WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has launched a public database that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products -- from cribs and toys to power tools.
SaferProducts.gov is overseen by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It went live as scheduled Friday over the loud objections of manufacturers and a stalled 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. In the coming weeks, as consumers file reports with the agency, people will be able to search for a specific item to see if there have been safety complaints.
But manufacturers, congressional Republicans and others charge the database will be replete with false reports and misleading information.
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