Time to Put Safety First

Defective

and dangerous products – from lead-painted toys to vacuum cleaners that

catch fire – are being allowed onto our store shelves and into our

homes.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has failed to do

its job and protect American consumers. 

Public Citizen just released a study showing that manufacturers often

wait nearly three years before telling the CPSC about defective

products that can kill people – and the agency typically takes another seven months to warn the public.  Some of these products include infant

swings implicated in six deaths.

We need a strong, effective agency that can warn the public quickly

about dangerous and defective products – and enforce the law against

violators.  Under current law, the CPSC must ask permission from manufacturers

to get vital safety information to the public.  What’s more, the agency

can’t fine companies enough to make sure that they comply with the law.

The status quo is unacceptable – the CPSC should protect American consumers, not manufacturers!

The Senate commerce committee recently reported out the Consumer

Product Safety Reform Act of 2007 (S. 2045), a bill that would give the

CPSC much-needed muscle.  Now it goes to the full Senate for approval. 

But, as happens all too often in Washington, D.C., bills that are

carefully honed in committee become unrecognizable after amendments,

concessions and the inevitable congressional horse trading take their

toll on a proposal’s original intent.

Please urge your senators to ensure that the Senate bill passes

intact – without weakening changes – for everyone’s health and safety.