Consumer, public interest and scientific groups praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing by a vote of 424-1 strong product safety reform legislation that would overhaul the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The bi- partisan Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will make consumer products safer by requiring that toys and infant products be tested before they are sold, and by banning lead and phthalates in toys. The bill also creates a publicly accessible consumer complaint database, gives the CPSC the resources it needs to protect the public, increases civil penalties that the Commission can assess against violators of federal consumer laws, and protects whistleblowers who report product safety defects. It’s a great day for U.S. consumers.
This sweeping reform measure puts children’s and consumer’s safety first. These are the most significant improvements to the CPSC since the agency was established in the 1970’s. The bill gives the commission a new life with increased resources, authority and transparency to better ensure the safety of consumer products. The Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, and Public Citizen worked hard to convince members of Congress to pass this badly-needed bill.
This bill is a huge victory for consumers of products in the U.S. The following are some examples of how this legislation changes and improves the safety of products sold in the United States:
President Bush, who had little to do with passage of the legislation, signed the bill into law on August 14th. Thankfully, he didn’t veto it. It can now be said that the most significant improvements to the Consumer Product Safety Commission since the agency was established in the 1970s are now law.
Source: Public Citizen
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