SaferProducts.gov: One Month Later
How this will affect you is hard to say. Many industry organizations feared a flood of unjustified complaints from bitter consumers and false reports from competitors, but that's far from the case. If there are untrue reports being submitted, the CPSC is doing a decent job of filtering them out. Of the thousands of searchable files, there are only a few hundred reports live. Still, as in the Sketchers example, some of the reports are not product defects yet will be listed on the site indefinitely, unfairly slandering the company and product.
SaferProducts.gov is not going away any time soon: the site received $3 million in funding as part of the federal budget, despite Republican attempts to gut it from the proposal. And personally, I don't think it should go away. It serves a useful purpose, one that the automotive industry has had for 15 years, but it needs to be managed well. Is this the right way to do it? I don't know. It's important for the CPSC to protect people, as consumers, from being hurt by defective products; it's equally important to protect people, as business owners, from being hurt by false claims that could put them out of business.