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Consumer Protection Laws and Agencies

Numerous federal and state consumer protection laws, regulations, and safety orders concerning a variety of products might be helpful in proving a product liability case. Showing that a defendant violated a statute or other applicable regulation gives a plaintiff an outstanding advantage. In addition, legislation such as the Consumer Products Safety Act might provide for a direct civil action by an injured consumer.

Also, there are specific federal statutes that address certain industries and product categories. For instance, automobile manufacturers must comply with a whole slew of safety regulations that include crash test ratings, the use of seat belts, and other specifications required for legal sales. When companies fail to comply with the regulations required for their industry or product, they face serious liability for any injuries resulting from the lapse.

See Legal Basis for Liability in Product Cases to learn how the law protects consumers from dangerous products.

The following is a listing of agencies with whom your attorney might consult, the consumer protection laws and regulations they issue, and the services they provide:

  • The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is an independent federal agency whose main purpose is to reduce injuries to consumers. The Commission issues consumer product safety alerts, and may have helpful information relative to your claim.

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Understanding how consumer protection laws ensure product safety is an important way to enforce those laws, but they can be both complicated and technical. A lawyer's assisstance can remove a lot of the guesswork. Contact a qualified local attorney for a free initial consultation to discuss how you were injured by a defective product and learn more about whether you may have a valid claim.

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