Government & Consumer Watch Groups
Consumer watch groups are usually not-for-profit and created to keep the you safe from scams, schemes and disreputable companies and or products. Most companies out there are honest and decent people that are just trying to do the best job for a fair price, but as seen too many times, that small percentage of bad ones can cause you much trouble and woe.
DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. You can check to see if an industry is regulated (most professional services are), register a complaint or simply learn more about your own profession.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system in the U.S. extends across the nation coast-to-coast, and in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.It also has a partner BBB system that serves much of Canada. In total, 145 BBBs help nearly 24 million consumers and businesses each year. Since the founding of the first BBB in 1912, the BBB system has proven that the majority of marketplace problems can be solved fairly through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education.
Consumer Protection Division -- Consumer Complaints
Before any action can be taken on a consumer complaint, the office must receive that complaint in writing. To receive the complaint form, call the Colorado Consumer Line at (800) 222-4444, or in the Denver metro area call (303) 866-5189. Click here to download the complaint form. (.pdf file)
CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
ConsumerReports.org is published by Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization. Since 1936, CU's mission has been to test products, inform the public and protect consumers. We are a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns. Colorado Lemon Law: http://www.carlemon.com/lemon/CO_law.html
A nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. For over 30 years the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes in the first place and reduce injuries in the crashes that still occur. The Institute's research focuses on countermeasures aimed at all three factors in motor vehicle crashes (human, vehicular, and environmental) and on interventions that can occur before, during, and after crashes to reduce losses. In 1992 the Vehicle Research Center (VRC) was opened. This center, which includes a state-of-the-art crash test facility, is the focus of most of the Institute's vehicle-related research. The Institute's affiliate organization, the Highway Loss Data Institute, gathers, processes, and publishes data on the ways in which insurance losses vary among different kinds of vehicles.
- Conducts research that is used by a variety of industries to improve product quality and customer satisfaction.
- Bases research solely on responses from millions of consumers and business customers worldwide.
- Displays product and service rankings that reflect the opinions of consumers.
Tom Martino's Troubleshooter site is a very good place to start to find companies that perhaps have not been as ethical as they should. Keep in mind that the referral list is made up of companies that have paid to be listed. They are certified and checked out by the Troubleshooter staff, but no the less, paid advertisers.