Monday, August 11, 2008

Convenient Recall Notification Alerts

Dave, Ralph, and I just launched recallbuddy&trade beta yesterday. Ralph has been sitting on this idea for years - a free site for you to use to get recall notifications delivered to you without having to go hunt them down because you heard about them in the news two weeks after they occurred. Why not just have one central location to go to, jot down the name of a few major products you use ("Toyota Corolla", "Apple MacBook", "Frigidaire Refrigerator", etc.), and sit back and relax, knowing that you'll get an email sent out to you whenever any recalls pertain to your products? recallbuddy&trade polls government recall data feeds every half an hour, which claim to be updated the same day that the recalls are issued, so notification to consumers should be pretty fast.

Part of our philosophy behind the site was to make it as easy as possible to sign-up, so all you have to do is type in your email address. You get emailed a link that temporarily logs you in and allows you to create a password. Then you're in! All you have to do from there is type in the manufacturer and product name of each product you want to be notified of recalls about. Whenever a recall press release is published to the official government feed, you'll get an email with a link to a copy of it on the recallbuddy&trade website. You can teach recallbuddy&trade that the recall notification alert is relevant to your product, or irrelevant to your product with up and down arrow flags, you can archive your recall notification, delete it, or email it to a friend. Soon we'll add sorting, filtering, and searching capabilities to your recall inbox and archive, as well as a place for comments and some forums.

For now though, we want news of recallbuddy&trade to spread a bit by word of mouth, so that the public can test it out and give us feedback before we lift the "beta" label on the project and start promoting it.

Click here and sign up for a free recallbuddy&trade account and register a couple of products that you use. Blog about your experience with recallbuddy&trade, and/or email me at ***** [at] recallbuddy [dot] com with your ideas for improving our special recall notification service.


  1. Congratulations Louis! It looks like a great product.

  2. Hi.

    Just thought you may be interested in a worldwide recall information source.


    Take care.


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