The Consumer Products Safety Commission is a good first stop for safety information - check out their web site and/or call them. In addition, CCH publishes a Consumer Products Safety Guide, which brings together most of the relevant statutes, regulations, cases, etc.
The Lloyd Sealy Library at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice collects materials on fire safety. The National Transportation Safety Board posts a database of transportation-related accidents and the related recommendation letters sent to government agencies (www.ntsb.gov/safetyrecs/private/QueryPage.aspx).
SaferProducts.gov allows people to report and look up safety problems with consumer products.
Information about major product recalls is posted by Recalls.gov, The Notice Company and the Consumer Products Safety Commission, which also links to recall information posted by other government agencies.