Not only libraries and other state institutions had been closed since Christmas due to the government shutdown, but also watchdogs such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which advises and helps companies with recalls, had to stop its work. This can put consumers in dangerous situations. Although the CPSC is not the only authority responsible for recalls, the others, such as the Food and Drug Administration, also had to deal with furloughs. The shutdown has ended, but only for the time being and the situation could repeat itself in the coming weeks. How the shutdown further affected product safety can be found in this article on businessinsider.de.