CPSIA Update: Businesses Damaged, Congress Stay Silent

By March 5, 2009Economy, Regulations

Another first-person account of the horrible economic damage wreaked by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, from ReformCPSIA.org

The Picture Perfect Boutique

I ran a boutique called “The Picture Perfect Boutique.” I started it in 2005, and I sold everything from photo jewelry and purses to custom made tutus, infant jewelry, hair bows, and other items for children and adults.Because of the CPSIA and the fact that I can’t afford testing, I have changed the name of my boutique and am now only offering design services, and a few select items for adults. (I currently have a custom tutu set available on the site, but will be removing it as soon as the CPSIA is enforced.) While I agree that child safety should be our first priority, the fact that the CPSIA is putting so many mom shops out of businesses (including my own!) absolutely breaks my heart. I hate that I can no longer offer so many of my favorite items to my clients. – Angie Vinez, http://www.angelavinez.com.

So a little less business and a little less beauty (and consumer choice). Multiply Angie’s story by thousands and thousands of people working in their homes or small workshops.

Bigger picture — No more dirt bikes for kids. From AP Missouri, “Motorcycle shops say lead law weighs them down“:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Larry Neill has $118,000 worth of small motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles sitting on his lot in Missouri’s capital city. He’ll be fined if he sells any of them.

Neill, who owns Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City, cannot sell or repair the bikes because of a new federal law that bans lead from all toys intended for children younger than 12, including small motorcycles and ATVs.

“These little products are the gateway to our business,” Neill said. “When some bureaucrat in Washington decides we can’t even sell these products, it’s just pretty unfair.”

Neill isn’t alone. A national motorcycle trade group says dealers across the country cannot sell roughly $100 million worth of the child-sized bikes. Including parts, service, accessories and personnel, the market could lose nearly $1 billion annually, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.

Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO) is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the CPSC and implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Her constituents are speaking.

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