Advocacy – Federal

Children’s product safety is a national, even an international concern. The most effective changes in safety must come in the national arena. A strong U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with the power and funding to oversee product safety, is critical.

Urge Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor Sudden Infant Death Research

Earlier this year, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the “Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act” in order to help reduce and eventually end sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs) through new and improved research and education initiatives throughout America, while expanding much needed support services to families who suffer through a SUID or stillbirth.

Specifically the bill will:

  • Expand current data collection activities to additional states to identify the causes of stillbirth and ways to prevent it in the future.
  • Create a national public awareness and education campaign to educate parents and caregivers about known risk factors for sudden unexpected death in infancy and childhood.
  • Expand support services, such as grief counseling, for families who have experienced stillbirth or SUID.
  • Enhance a national case reporting system to better track SUID deaths and identify risk factors to prevent them in the future.

Currently, the bill needs more support. If you feel that families deserve answers and that infants deserve a chance, then please encourage your representatives to become co-sponsors of this bill.

KID already has a letter that you can personalize and send to your representative here.

Or you can join the email campaign found here.

Encourage Your Representatives to Make Children’s Product Safety a Priority

Kids In Danger commends Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Representative Bobby Rush (IL-1) and US Senator Dick Durbin (IL) along with other congressional leaders and consumer groups who worked to pass the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) to improve children’s product safety.

A portion of the bill, named in Danny Keysar’s honor, requires mandatory standards and testing for durable infant and toddler products, product registration cards and a ban on the sale or lease of unsafe cribs. Here are some other examples of how the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 changes and improves the safety of products sold in the United States:

  • Lead will be essentially eliminated from toys and children’s products.
  • Consumers will have access to a publicly-accessible database to report and learn about hazards posed by unsafe products.
  • Toys and other children’s products will be required to be tested for safety before they are sold.
  • State Attorneys General will have the necessary authority to enforce product safety laws.
  • CPSC has the authority to levy more significant civil penalties against violators of its safety regulations, which will help deter wrongdoing.
  • Toxic phthalates will be been banned from children’s products.
  • Whistleblowers will be granted important protections.
  • CPSC will receive substantial increases in its resources including its staffing levels, its laboratory and computer resources and its various authorities to conduct recalls and take other actions – going forward.

KID is working with other consumer advocates to monitor the implementation of this landmark legislation. We are dedicated to protecting these gains from those who would prefer to return to the old system with no mandatory standards or required testing.

KID encourages policy makers to consider ways to improve recall effectiveness. We also continue to watch for emerging hazards or product safety issues that are not addressed by current standards or regulations.

Write your Congressional representative and U.S. Senators and urge them to make children’s product safety a priority.

Senate and House Pass Sweeping CPSC Reform

In July 2008, the US Senate and House passed sweeping CPSC reforms. President Bush signed the bill on August 14, 2008.
Read the law here (PDF). Here is an overview.

To learn more about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and current rulemaking to implement it, visit CPSC’s special web section.