Public alarm about the spate of recent product recalls, particularly of toys and other products used by children, has focused attention on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This book provides an overview of the prior authority of the CPSC to establish consumer product safety standards and to inspect and recall unsafe consumer products. This book also describes the new requirements for certification and testing and the effect of the stay of enforcement of these requirements announced by the CPSC, certain new safety standards established by the CPSIA and related implementation actions and issues. In addition, the authors assessed injury and death data sources used by CPSC, compared CPSC's consumer education efforts with key practices, and interviewed federal officials and groups representing the health and consumer interests of minority populations. This book consists of public documents which have been located, gathered, combined, reformatted, and enhanced with a subject index, selectively edited and bound to provide easy access.
Identifies the criteria the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) uses to select projects, and reviews the information it relies upon in making these choices; assesses the information CPSC draws on to perform risk assessment and cost-benefit analyses and evaluates the agency's methodology for conducting cost-benefit analyses; describes CPSC's procedures for releasing manufacturer-specific information to the public and reports whether evidence exists that CPSC violated its statutory requirements concerning the release of such information. Charts and tables.
by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce. Consumer Subcommittee
Growing numbers of consumer product recalls in 2007 and 2008, particularly of toys and other children's products, focused increased attention on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). As globalisation and technological advances expand the range of products on the market, the challenge of overseeing and regulating the thousands of product types becomes all the more complex. This book evaluates the authority and ability of the CPSC to stay informed about new risks associated with consumer products and its ability to identify product hazards, with a focus on voluntary standards and product identification.