Recalls API Server
When you're buying and using products, safety comes first.
Access the Data
Use our Recalls API to tap into a list of car, drug, food, and product safety data and recalls.
You can also see how this data is used when searching for recalls on USA.gov.
Contribute to the Code
The server code that runs our Recalls API is here on Github. If you're a Ruby developer, keep reading. Fork this repo to add features (such as additional datasets) or fix bugs.
This code is currently tested against Ruby 2.1.
We use bundler to manage gems. You can install bundler and other required gems like this:
gem install bundler bundle install
We're using Solr for fulltext search. You can start/stop/reindex Solr like this:
bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:start bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:stop bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:run bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:reindex
database.yml assumes you have a local database server up and running (preferably MySQL >= 5.1.65), accessible from user 'root' with no password.
Create and setup your development and test databases:
bundle exec rake db:setup bundle exec rake db:setup RAILS_ENV=test
Populate recall data for your development database:
bundle exec rake usagov:recalls:import_cdc_data bundle exec rake usagov:recalls:import_cpsc_data bundle exec rake usagov:recalls:import_nhtsa_data
You need to run these tasks daily to receive the latest recalls data.
Fire up a server and try it all out:
bundle exec rails s
We support API versioning with json format. The current version is v1.
You can specify a a specific JSON version of recalls data like this:
curl -H 'Accept: application/vnd.usagov.recalls.v1' http://localhost:3000/search.json
Seven generic parameters are accepted: (1) query, (2) organization, (3) start_date, (4) end_date, (5) page, (6) per_page, and (7) sort. There are additional parameters that are specific to food, product, and car safety recalls. None are required.
Full documentation on the parameters is in our Recalls API documentation.
Tests require a Solr server to be spun up.
bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:start RAILS_ENV=test
Make sure the tests run:
bundle exec rake spec
We track test coverage of the codebase over time, to help identify areas where we could write better tests and to see when poorly tested code got introduced.
After running your tests, view the report by opening
coverage/rcov/index.html in your browser.
Click around on the files that have < 100% coverage to see what lines weren't exercised.
This project is covered under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later.
By accessing this Recalls API server, you agree to our Terms of Service.
You can send feedback via Github Issues.