Category Archives: Congress

Advocates applaud passage of bill on liquid nicotine safety

The House of Representatives approved the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (S. 142)< on Monday, January 11. The bill, passed by the Senate in December, would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require child-resistant packaging on the liquid nicotine containers used for e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The legislation now moves to the President’s desk to be signed in to law. Many organizations worked on this bill, ... Read more
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New CPSC Chair and Commissioner

After being nominated in March by President Obama, the U.S. Senate confirmed Elliot Kaye (D) as 10th Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in a vote this past Monday, July 28th. Kaye will be replacing Inez Tenenbaum as Chairman.  Commissioner Robert Adler has been serving as Acting Chair.Kaye served in Tenenbaum’s administration; most recently as CPSC Executive Director. Kaye spearheaded projects addressing brain safety issues ... Read more
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Shine a little sunshine on unsafe products

Thirteen … that’s how many deaths could have been prevented in the latest instance of corporate officers knowingly concealing a serious product defect through secrecy agreements.  Through secrecy agreements in litigation, corporations and manufacturers hide their wrongdoing and avoid responsibility.  Consider recent events:General Motors vehicle ignition defect has been linked to at least 13 deaths and many more injuries and went unreported ... Read more
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What does the government shutdown mean for product safety?

On Tuesday October 1, 2013, the federal government shutdown. Everyone is bracing for the negative impacts as national parks close their gates and thousands of federal employees wait at home without a paycheck for the crisis to be resolved. Closed gates and missing paychecks are obvious enough consequences of the current shutdown, but what of the less obvious impacts? Is the government shutdown dangerous for our kids?The Consumer Product Safety Commission ... Read more
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KID releases new report on SaferProducts.gov

August 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) back in 2008. This landmark safety legislation paved the way for improvement in safety standards and lead to the creation of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s public database, SaferProducts.gov, in March of 2011. This website allows consumers to share their personal experiences with various products, reporting any incidents or ... Read more
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Words from a Champion: Guest Blog by Congresswoman Schakowsky

Congresswoman Schakowsky joined KID and others to mark the fifth anniversary of this landmark safety bill.  She offers these insights.   This month we mark the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the most significant product safety reform since the creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1972. I am proud to stand here today with Rep. Bobby Rush, as a cosponsor of his ... Read more
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House committee to vote this week on amendment to weaken safety law

Update #2: (5/31/11) The House Energy and Commerce Committee never did get around to voting last week on this measure.  And it looks like they won't this week either and then have a break next week.  So that gives us more time to get calls into the representatives to oppose this bill that rolls back safety!Update: Committee made opening statements today, will vote tomorrow.  Here is a press release from the consumer advocates trying to preserve ... Read more
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House subcommittee still looking at ways to retreat on safety — don’t let them!

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade is holding a 'mark up' session on a draft amendment on Thursday in their latest attempt to unravel the safety net provided by the landmark consumer protection bill (CPSIA) passed in 2008.  They are rolling back protections including those requiring products to be tested for safety before they are sold, eliminating lead in children's products and providing safety information to consumers ... Read more
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