Inez Tenebaum, the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has warned manufacturers of children’s products, such as toys and cribs, that failure to respond to complaints quickly and adhere to safety warnings may result in tough penalties, including fines and lawsuits. She stated recently in a public appearance:
We have a new, expanded Commission. A new Commission that has new powers – and we are not afraid to use them. If you resist our efforts to recall children’s products, be forewarned, this Commission stands ready to be creative in the use of our enforcement authorities.
Ms. Tenenbaum was referring to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which passed in 2008 following widespread recalls of products that posed a threat to children, including toys made with lead or lead-based paint. Her remarks can be found in full on the CPSC website (www.cpsc.gov). Ms. Tenenbaum testified before Congress and said that manufacturers need to investigate allegations of problems and quickly notify the public, since government action often takes much longer. She says that her agency is committed to acting quickly in response to reports of dangerous children’s products, ordering recalls and taking other actions, and manufacturers should be prepared to cooperate – or else. Ms. Tenenbaum made it very clear when she said:
As the Toyota experience has shown in recent weeks, this government will not allow for delay in recalling dangerous products. I will continue the transformation of CPSC from what some have described as a ‘teething tiger’ into the world’s leading lion of consumer protection.
It’s certainly good news to know that the CPSC understands its role. It’s encouraging to see the federal government doing its job when it comes to regulation and enforcement. Ms. Tenenbaum should be commended for her strong leadership in this area of concern.
Source: Lawyers USA Online
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