July 5, 2011 |
What is it about consumer protection that Republican lawmakers don't like? Is it that they want to see their constituents fleeced and flimflammed by businesses? Is it that they don't care? Or is it something as craven as carrying water for corporate interests simply because that's where the money is? Whatever the reason, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee has approved a spending bill that not only slashes the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission but also cuts off all funding for a recently launched database of product-safety complaints.
November 25, 2010 |
The Consumer Product Safety Commission approved creation of a database for consumer complaints, ending two years of wrangling with manufacturers and business groups over the project. Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on Wednesday to get the database up and running by March on the website SaferProducts.gov. The database will allow consumers to submit reports of harm or potential harm caused by a wide variety of products. After commission officials review each report, manufacturers will be given 10 days to respond to or challenge the submission.
November 24, 2010 |
Beginning in March, consumers will for the first time be able to check a government database that will compile safety complaints about a wide array of products such as toys and electrical appliances. The public database, approved Wednesday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is almost unprecedented for a government agency. Companies will be given a brief period to block complaints that are untrue or involve confidential information, but the database appears likely to become the massive equivalent of the Internet bulletin boards on which consumers can post personal safety reviews of products.
October 19, 2010 |
Federal regulators said on Tuesday that they will back voluntary standards set by the private sector to determine a safe level for cadmium, a known carcinogen, in children's jewelry. Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have said for months that the agency was working on new cadmium standards to address concerns about the heavy metal in consumer products, including children's jewelry. On Tuesday, safety commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum announced that the agency simply would provide new scientific research on cadmium to ASTM International in hopes that the standard-setting organization will use it to set limits for cadmium in children's jewelry and toys.
July 14, 2010 |
After 153 infant deaths in the last four years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission moved Wednesday to ban drop-side cribs, jumpstarting the agency's biggest overhaul of baby bed regulations in almost three decades. "There have been improvements in voluntary standards over the years," commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said. "But this will be mandatory federal law." The commissioners voted 5 to 0 for stricter safety standards for mattress supports and a ban on drop-side cribs.
May 27, 2010 |
Hoping a public outing will force Chinese drywall manufacturers to take responsibility for their products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has published a list of brands that emit the most sulfuric gas compounds. For more than a year, the agency has been investigating problems with drywall imported from China. Hydrogen sulfide released from some brands of Chinese-made wallboard is the cause of corrosion in appliances, air conditioning coils and other metals, triggering about 3,300 complaints to the federal government.