When funds are low and you aren’t willing to invest full prince into something you aren’t sure you really want, it may seem like a deal to buy a second hand item. So you look on eBay or Craigslist and find a bargain. But what if that item has been recalled? You may have just purchased a safety hazard and not even know it.
A new Consumer Reports investigation found hundreds of recalled items like the deadly recalled inclined infant sleepers available for sale in the second hand marketplace.
While it is illegal to sell recalled products, many people aren’t even aware the product they’re selling has been recalled. This is where the website they are selling the item on should step in because they have recall notices and should flag recalled items and prevent their sale.
eBay agreed to remove all infant inclined sleepers from its website, including those not recalled, but others are still slow to react.
Because the companies are always on alert, as the consumer, you must be proactive. Whether you’re buying or selling used items, before you venture into doing so, check Recalls.gov to be sure it hasn’t been recalled. Never put a recalled product up for sale or give it away. Discard recalled products appropriately.
Consumer Reports also recommends registering new products so the company can notify you if it is ever recalled .
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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!