I recently learned about a great website that lets consumer do two very important things: (2) search for safety reports on products, and (2) report unsafe products. You can read about this website at The Consumerist and the website itself is part of the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
I was surprised by how easy it was to find information about products at this site. I went to cpsc.gov and clicked the box labelled "Report an Unsafe Product" and then did a search for "toasters" in the search box. It returned 30 results, including recalls and reports from consumers who had experienced safety issues involving toasters. If I were shopping for a product, I would certainly check it out at this site before purchasing it. An example of good government in action!