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October 28, 2001 

One of the handiest safety Web sites to bookmark is, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972.

Its site offers a child-safety section as well as a variety of ways to look up product recalls. Visitors may also register to receive recall notices by e-mail directly from the CPSC on the day they are issued.

Some of the recalls made in 2001 include 290,000 propane-fueled camping lanterns that can leak propane, posing a fire hazard; 10,000 skateboard helmets that failed to meet the commission's impact-test standards; and 425,000 pairs of cross-training shoes with a thin metal strip that can protrude from the shoe, posing a cut hazard.

For details or to check out other recalls, visit the site.

by Michael Esposito. Copyright © 2001, Chicago Tribune

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