Product safety is a constant source of complaint. Dangerous appliances and health hazards are the basic grounds for complaints. Ironically, some consumers complaints have exposed major issues for manufacturers that produce their goods under license in China and elsewhere.
How to make an effective consumer complaint about product safety
Most countries have a consumer watchdog or agency to which you can complain about product safety. Some countries have both federal and state or provincial agencies.
Find out which agency can deal with your complaint.
Ring the agency and ask for information about their complaints procedures.
Ask the agency what information they require to investigate your complaint.
The agency will require a written complaint in virtually all cases.
Your letter of complaint must:
Supporting information and documentation
You will be required to provide copies (NOT originals) of at least some relevant documents related to the case. Ask the agency for clarification, if you're not sure whether they require doctor's letters, etc.
In many cases, the agency will only require contact details for other parties to confirm information.
This example is of a fully documented consumer complaint regarding an unsafe children's toy.
Dear Sir or Madam:
Product safety complaint, children's toys
We would like to make a formal complaint about a dangerous remote control toy which caused injuries to our 8 year old child:
Product details:Product name: Killer Dinosaur
Nature of complaint:
We purchased this product as a birthday present. When first made operational, the toy was uncontrollable, and was moving extremely quickly.
It's a flying, propeller based toy. It hit our child, repeatedly, apparently homing in on the remote control. We were able to stop the toy by hitting it with a broom.
The child suffered several lacerations, fortunately none serious, but it was a very traumatic experience. We discovered the toy has extremely sharp propeller blades, and some edges of the toy, particularly the beak, are made of sharp metal. We consider it fortunate that no more damage was done.
The retailer advised we should complain to the manufacturer. This was done immediately, both by phone and in writing. We have yet to receive a response, despite verbal assurances.
We request that all possible legal action is taken to remove this product from sale, before it does serious injury to a child.
Enclosures:Copy of bill of sale