WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate late Thursday confirmed Alex Hoehn-Saric to be chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the nation’s chief product safety regulator. Hoehn-Saric is the first of three individuals who have been nominated by President Joe Biden to sit on the five-member commission. Remington A. Gregg, counsel for civil justice and consumer rights at Public Citizen, released the following statement:
“The CPSC has been plagued by failures to robustly enforce the law due to legal constraints and lack of leadership. Mr. Hohn-Saric has a big job ahead of him to reform the agency and make it work better for diverse consumers across the economic spectrum. We look forward to years of collaborating with him and the entire commission to implement the recommendations put forth by consumer advocacy groups that will make products safer for all people.
“In addition, we hope that the Senate will quickly confirm the two other nominees, so that the CPSC can move forward with a full complement of commissioners. Americans deserve a fully-staffed agency working to fulfill its important mandate of protecting consumers from unreasonable risk of injury and death.”