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Uncovering the truth*

*Sometimes there's more in your food than you know: there might be heavy metals in baby food or banned drugs in meat. CR keeps you informed on the food you and your family eat every day.

Giving you a heads up*

*You have a right to know when products and services do and don’t measure up. Which bike helmets are safest? What furniture poses tip-over dangers for kids? How do you get value and performance with detergent? We test and rate so you can choose with confidence.

Championing consumer protections*

*Helping make seat belts standard was one of CR’s earliest consumer wins. We also championed making rear back-up cameras mandatory in all new cars, a feature that rolled out in May 2018.

Finding fair deals*

*Brand reliability, performance, price. Our 8,500+ independent ratings and reviews and our Ask CR™ service help you to cut through the hype and get a fair deal on everything from mattresses to TVs to cars.

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The consumer victories we've won together:
1964

Surgeon General’s Landmark Report on Smoking

1964

Surgeon General’s Landmark Report on Smoking

For a decade, CR conducted independent testing and research to highlight the dangers of cigarettes. The Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health used CR’s work to draft its landmark report.

1968

U.S. Government Mandates Seat Belts

1968

U.S. Government Mandates Seat Belts

CR tests showed two-thirds of seat belts failed basic safety and durability tests, leading CR to call for better belts and for federal standards that incorporated crash testing. The government later mandated them.

1981

Setting New Standards for Child Safety Seats

1981

Setting New Standards for Child Safety Seats

When CR first crash-tested car seats, 12 out of 15 were rated Not Acceptable. After CR published its findings, the government required manufacturers to certify that their seats would pass a similar test.

1999

Exposing the Dangers of Pesticides

1999

Exposing the Dangers of Pesticides

In a study of U.S. Department of Agriculture data, CR found pesticide levels in some fruits and vegetables were too high. Shortly after, one of the pesticides was banned for use on food crops commonly consumed by children.

2010

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Created

2010

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Created

CR helped to mobilize support in Congress to create the CFPB, an independent agency responsible for overseeing the financial industry with powers to police abusive practices and to enact new consumer protections.

2013

Bisphenol-A Banned in Baby Products

2013

Bisphenol-A Banned in Baby Products

CR was one of the first groups to test food packaging for BPA. After working to pass bans in several states, the FDA finally announced a federal ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups (2012) and infant formula packaging (2013).

2014

A Win on Backup Cameras

2014

A Win on Backup Cameras

After years of CR’s advocating for standards to address the problem of blind zones behind cars and trucks, the Department of Transportation finally required backup cameras in all vehicles less than 10,000 pounds by 2018. 

2018

Warning Consumers to Avoid Romaine Lettuce

2018

Warning Consumers to Avoid Romaine Lettuce

In the wake of repeated E.coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, CR came out ahead of public officials in recommending people avoid all romaine lettuce. CR’s position compelled regulators, including the CDC, to issue strong warnings to consumers.

2018

Steering Automakers Toward Making Safer Cars

2018

Steering Automakers Toward Making Safer Cars

In response to CR’s removal of the Tesla Model 3’s recommended status due to braking distance, Tesla issued an OTA update—the first time a software update was used to change a car’s physical performance. The car earned back its recommended status.

2018

Advancing Laws to Protect Consumer Privacy

2018

Advancing Laws to Protect Consumer Privacy

The California Consumer Privacy Act provided key individual privacy rights, such as the right to stop the sale of personal info. CR fought efforts to weaken the legislation, mobilizing CR members to call on legislators to enact privacy protections.

2019

Safer Furniture

2019

Safer Furniture

CR helped pass Harper’s Law, a New York measure to raise standards for furniture safety and help protect children from deadly furniture tip-overs.

2019

Advancing and Protecting Digital Consumer Rights

2019

Advancing and Protecting Digital Consumer Rights

CR launched the Digital Lab–a bold initiative to advance and protect consumer rights in the digital era by focusing on testing connected products and platforms for hackability, digital privacy, and how responsibly our data is handled.

2019

Dialing Back Robocalls

2019

Dialing Back Robocalls

CR spent years working with consumers and Congress to curb the pestilence of automated phone calls, many of which are initiated by fraudsters. The bipartisan TRACED Act was signed into law in December 2019, ushering in powerful consumer protections.

2019

Fighting Hidden Cable Fees

2019

Fighting Hidden Cable Fees

CR testified before Congress about cable TV fees, following years of advocacy and research. Thousands of CR members contacted lawmakers, and Congress passed a law requiring providers to disclose the total price of service before a consumer signs up.

2019

Protecting Kids & Infants From Dangerous Products

2019

Protecting Kids & Infants From Dangerous Products

CR’s investigation into the safety of infant inclined sleepers linked to dozens of deaths led to the recall of over 5 million sleepers. Following CR’s outreach, several retailers and online marketplaces said they would stop selling the sleepers.

2019

Pulling Water With Excessive Arsenic From Stores

2019

Pulling Water With Excessive Arsenic From Stores

Keurig Dr Pepper withdrew Peñafiel Mineral Spring Water, imported from Mexico, from U.S. stores after CR found it contained nearly double the federal limits for arsenic. The FDA flagged the water for arsenic as early as 2013 but issued no recall.

2020

Navigating the Pandemic

2020

Navigating the Pandemic

Millions turned to CR for free articles about staying safe and avoiding misinformation as COVID-19 spread. CR advocated for relief measures in Congress to help people stay in their homes, stay online, and avoid surprise medical bills.

 
2020

Reining in Big Tech

2020

Reining in Big Tech

Congress cited CR’s findings in a blockbuster report on tech company power and abuses, following a $5 billion FTC fine for Facebook that cited CR’s privacy complaint against the company.

2020

Helping Student Borrowers, Stopping Scams

2020

Helping Student Borrowers, Stopping Scams

California approved a landmark law championed by CR to provide student loan borrowers the nation’s strongest protections against loan-servicing abuses. The state also created a watchdog to crack down on financial fraud and predatory lending.

 

2020

Limiting Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereals 

2020

Limiting Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereals 

Eight years after CR first called attention to the dangerous presence of inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereals, the FDA issued guidance to limit the amount of arsenic allowed in these products.  

 

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