It’s the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
The law includes strong product safety reforms that strengthened the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In the five years since the CPSIA was passed, five significant safety breakthroughs have occurred:
- The SaferProducts.gov database.
- Third-party premarket testing for children’s products.
- The reduction of lead in children’s products through lower lead limits.
- Strong mandatory standards for cribs and other infant and toddler products.
- A mandatory safety standard for children’s toys.
“Consumers are safer as a result of the CPSIA and its effective implementation,” said Rachel Weintraub, legislative director for the Consumer Federation of America. “Never in CPSC’s history have more rules been promulgated and in such a short time period. These rules will have an important and positive impact on consumers.”
To mark the fifth anniversary of the law, the federation, Kids In Danger, Consumers Union, the American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. PIRG, Public Citizen, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Center for Effective Government are offering a recap of the benefits of the law to American consumers.