CPSIA Update: From the Hearing, a News Release

By May 15, 2009Regulations

From Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight, House Committee on Small Business, “Lawmakers Call For Clear Toy Safety Standards.” Unfortunately, the release continues the political talking point that the problem with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is the CPSC, not the law itself. Fortunately, the news release doesn’t really reflect the tenor of the hearing or the witnesses’ testimony, which pointed to the substantive problems caused by the CPSIA.

And by chance, there’s a relevant story from the Gatehouse News Service of Massachusetts, “Toy testing rules ‘overwhelming’ to small businesses“:

Toy importer Rob Wilson’s company sometimes sells wooden children’s puzzles, but he hasn’t ordered one since last November.

Wilson, vice president of Challenge and Fun in Ashland, said new federal rules that require testing of children’s products could force him to spend more than he can afford to check for lead in paint used on the games.

Along with other small toy manufacturers, shop owners and distributors, Wilson has been calling for changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act since Congress passed it last year.

So it’s the law.

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