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Recalls Plus gives parents peace of mind

 

Baby cribs. Highchairs. Toys. Apple juice. Medicine. They all have one thing in common: at least one brand in each category has been recalled because it was unsafe for our children.

That's alarming! If you're a parent, you most certainly have these products in your home. Do you track the long list of product recalls everyday to ensure your kids are safe? I don't either. So when one of my readers told me about a new app that tracks and alerts parents to product recalls, my ears perked up.

Recalls Plus, a free family safety app, curates recall notifications and alerts you to those that matter most to you based on your settings. The app scours the product recall lists issued by the main federal agencies that track product safety (Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the United States Department of Agriculture) and notifies busy parents of potentially harmful products that they may have in their homes. Available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod in the iTunes store or as a separate Facebook app, parents can use it to search recall history by brand, category or age group, and you can create a personal watch list of products already in your home. But I also love that you can track and monitor for food-related allergens and share any relevant recalls with other parents in your social network using Facebook and Twitter. Genius!

If you're like me, you worry about your kids all the time, but having an app doing all the work for me while I focus on my kids gives me some peace of mind. Intuitive and easy to use, Recalls Plus only takes a few minutes to setup. Once the settings are in place, it proactively notifies you only if the app finds a match on your list, but you can customize the settings so that you are alerted in the way that you prefer. LOVE IT!

But, I do have a few complaints. First, the mobile app is only available for iOS, so if you have an Android phone or a Windows Phone, like me, you don't get the convenience of the smartphone app. And, even if you're an iOS user, the app doesn't take full advantage of the phone features like the camera for an easy way to generate product lists with just a snap. And lastly, the Facebook app doesn't support Internet Explorer, which is a big fail.

For those of you who might be so geeky to care, Recalls Plus is brought to us by the enterprise software giant SAP, who promises to leverage its expertise in big data analytics and enterprise-class usability to bring us even more consumer-based applications that makes parents' lives easier. Will be interesting to see what they deliver next.

Have you used the Recalls Plus app? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

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