Tell Congress to Save Small Business
Although it has stayed enforcement of many provisions of the law, the CPSC has made it clear that they lack authority to fully correct the CPSIA. Urge Congress to provide the CPSC with guidance that will protect toymakers, thrift resellers, publishers, and clothing manufacturers from the unintended consequences of the CPSIA.
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As someone who is concerned about quality products for our children, I am pleased that Congress and the CPSC have taken action to protect out kids from dangerous products. I believe the safety and health of our children are paramount. However, it now seems clear that the CPSC needs more direction from Congress in order to implement the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in a manner which will protect the unique needs of small manufacturers. I therefore urge you to support a technical amendment of the CPSIA to repair unintended consequences of the law.
The CPSIA applies standards that were put in place in reaction to the sale of toys contaminated with lead paint and toxic plastics. Rather than focus on these materials, this law places a guilty until proven innocent mentality on all children's product producers by imposing mandatory testing and certification, and in the process will kill an entire industry.
Although it has stayed enforcement of many provisions of the law, the CPSC has made it clear that they lack authority to fully correct the CPSIA. I urge Congress to provide the CPSC with guidance that will protect toymakers, thrift resellers, publishers, and clothing manufacturers from the unintended consequences of the CPSIA.
Specific corrections include exempting paper books and uncoated fabrics from testing requirements; expanding the list of common sense, known toxic-free materials that can be used; harmonizing US standards with European Union standards; and allowing manufacturers to use components that have been tested by their suppliers for safety.
I support commonsense child safety standards, and I commend your important work in advancing the safety standards for children’s products. Please support legislation to fix the CPSIA.
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