The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for maintaining a database of all recalls on consumer appliances, so the most reliable way to generate a list of appliance recalls is to use the agency's free, Internet-based search engine. The recall database is accessible on the agency's official website.
The CPSC is tasked with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death from defective consumer products, including home appliances. Consumers can visit the agency's website, click on the Recalls link on the top menu, and use the Search Recalls and News Alerts form field to generate a list of recalls by company, product or the country where products are manufactured. The database also allows users to specify a date range for the search. The database contains information going back decades.
Clicking on the magnifying glass icon without entering any search parameters allows a consumer to generate a general list of all recalls involving consumer products across manufacturers. As of February 2015, the CPSC recalls database contained 6,748 entries.
Another avenue for generating a list of appliance recalls is the intergovernmental website at Recalls.gov. This website provides search portals for six federal agencies that track product recalls in different areas of jurisdiction, including the CPSC.