CPSIA Update: Making Up for a Missed Story

By April 30, 2010Regulations

In the lead up to the 2008 passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, most of the media coverage focused on the sensationalistic, such as the reports of lead-contaminated toys from China. The effect was journalistic boosterism, the failure to consider the possibility of unintended consequences from the legislation.

The CPSIA, once enacted, drove small businesses out of operation, forced the removal of children’s books from libraries and warm winter coats from thrift stores. Youth-sized ATVs were banned, snowmobile sales harmed. And on and on. It took until about December 2008 before a few reporters finally realized the CPSIA’s economic damage was a huge story worth reporting on.

Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the proposed legislation to fix some of the law’s problems.

Here’s the news report we found on the hearing, The Denver Post: “Legislation would exempt lead testing on some items“:

Motorcycle makers including Honda Motor Co. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. would get a break from lead testing on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles sold to youths, under a proposal by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The legislation exempts children’s products from lead testing required by a 2008 law if the Consumer Product Safety Commission establishes they don’t pose a risk.

That’s it.

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