Protecting the Rights of Injured Consumers in New York

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. offers this page of information as a resource to you. However, we encourage you to call us with questions or to discuss your potential claim for free. We can guide you through the legal process help you recover money for injuries you sustained injuries because of a defective product.

Our New York City products liability attorneys have more than 30 years of experience advocating for the rights of consumers and holding big corporations accountable for their defective products. We aggressively, thoroughly and passionately litigate your claim. No firm will be better prepared, dedicated committed and driven. We regularly consult with renowned experts in the industry relevant to your dangerous product. Our goal is to get you the money and benefits you are entitled to after sustaining an injury from a defective product.

Consumer Products Safety Commission

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates the manufacturing, marketing and sale of more than 15,000 products, including household goods, lawn equipment, cribs, toys, playground equipment, clothing and furniture.

The CPSC makes safety rules when it identifies hazards not governed by laws or voluntary industry standards. The agency also investigates problems and announces recalls of defective products. Complaints and concerns about products are available to the public in a database. Furthermore, the CPSC maintains a consumer hotline that allows you to report unsafe products.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulates automobiles and parts. The agency sets the standards for cars, tractor-trailers, buses and motorcycles. The NHTSA investigates unsafe driving conditions, including the vehicles and the roadways. For example, the NHTSA oversees recall of cars with faulty ignition switches and explosive airbags. In addition, the agency oversees matters related to dangerous guardrails on our nation’s highways.


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has jurisdiction over certain foods, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, veterinary and tobacco products. Within these main categories, the FDA regulates dietary supplements, bottled water, food additives, infant formula, over-the-counter medications, moisturizer, makeup, pet food, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco among other wide-ranging categories.

The agency is authorized to pass rules concerning these products and to oversee warnings and recalls of harmful or ineffective products.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authority over many aspects of poultry, meat, seafood, eggs and milk products. The agency was initially formed to promote the interests of farmers. But, the regulatory agency has a duel role of overseeing our food safety. The USDA makes rules governing food safety, which it is supposed to balance with the rights of consumers to eat healthy, safe food that is free of pathogens and contaminants.

Learn More about Product Resources Available to You

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free consultation with our experienced products defect lawyers. For your convenience, we maintain five offices in New York — Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. We handle all products defect injury and death cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay us until we recover money for you.