On August 14, 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was signed into law after a deliberative process and support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The law included strong product safety reforms that revitalized the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Today, five years later the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Kids In Danger (KID), Consumers Union (CU), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), PIRG, Public Citizen, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Center for Effective Government celebrate the fifth anniversary and its five significant safety breakthroughs:
- The SaferProducts.gov database;
- Third-party premarket testing for children’s products;
- The reduction of lead in children’s products through lower lead limits;
- Strong mandatory standards for cribs and other infant and toddler products;
- A mandatory safety standard for children’s toys.
“Never in CPSC’s history have more rules been promulgated and in such a short time period. These rules will have an important and positive impact on consumers”, stated Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and senior counsel at Consumer Federation of America.
Source: Consumers Union und Consumer Federation of America