Thursday, June 25, 2009

July 2009 Good Housekeeping Comments on CPSIA

Wow, has it really been 3 weeks since I blogged about CPSIA?!? Hard to imagine. Well unfortunately, there is still no good news to report in this department and coverage of it remains spotty at best.

Good Housekeeping's recent edition has a short reference to it this month in the "On Your Side" feature. Unfortunately, it is not particularly accurate. The entire column can be read on Etsy. It starts out with these unfortunate words: ""Good news: Congress has passed the CPSIA, which started going into effect this year..."

My response to the Good Housekeeping editor was:

"I'm afraid I have to disagree with Stacy's response to the concerns about safe products for children. This is NOT good news. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was not needed -- at least not in the form that Congress voted for it last summer. Unsafe products were already being recalled at a very acceptable rate, it did not take this law to do that. Additionally, CPSIA has many unintended consequences, including the very unacceptable loss of many children's products that were perfectly safe -- but that cannot meet the outrageous new requirements of this toxic law. Additionally, some products, like bicycles and ATV's will become less safe for children as a result of this overarching law, not more safe!

There is much misinformation circulating about CPSIA, please do not add to it.

Thank you.
Catherine Jaime
Mother of 12

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