Oversight Hearing on CPSC: We Await the Questions on the Debased Database

By November 24, 2010Regulations

A Senate Commerce subcommittee next week will hold a lameduck session hearing to review the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s operations.

Oversight of the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Product Safety in the Holiday Season
Dec 02 2010 10:00 AM
Russell Senate Office Building – 253
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the following Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee hearing titled Oversight of the Consumer Product Safety Commission:  Product Safety in the Holiday Season.

Given the seasonal tie-in announced in the title, we’re not terribly hopeful that there will be probing, aggressive oversight at the hearing. Still, in light of the Commission’s action today in approving the product safety complaint database, we suggest the following question: “Madame Chairman, the legislative history of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was very clear in explaining Congress’ goals with the product safety database, that is, who qualified as ‘reporters’ able to post to the database. Yet the CPSC staff and now the majority of the Commission have dramatically expanded that definition in way that will encourage activists, trial lawyers and others to register complaints against entirely safe products. And your final rules makes it difficult for manufacturers to effectively defend their reputations. It’s data debased, and that doesn’t improve product safety for children. Why did the CPSC ignore the clear legislative intent?”

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