The Consumer Product Safety Commission Wants New, Improved Powers

Acting CPSC Chair Nancy Nord met last week with industry representatives and Consumer Reports to discuss the Commission’s desire to gain new regulatory powers. The Commission currently operates under a 35-year-old law that they want Congress to modify. The CPSC’s wish list is encouraging:

New Powers
• The CPSC wants to make it illegal sell a product after the announcement of a recall.
• The Commission wants the power to quickly codify voluntary industry standards, which are currently unenforceable by the CPSC.

Improved Powers
• Companies will have 10 days, down from 30, to respond to Commission inquiries.
• The process by which manufacturers and importers certify that their products meet relevant standards would be made more public.
• The $1.85 million cap on civil penalties would be raised. The House is considering a revised cap of $20 million.

The CPSC must still convince Congress and the President to grant the new and improved powers, and may release a formal proposal as early as next week. They can expect fierce opposition from the business lobby, aided by the likes of withdrawn CPSC nominee Michael Baroody. When the proposal reaches Congress, we hope that the needs of the public will trump the selfish moneyed interests of industry.

CPSC discusses proposed changes in rules, policies [Consumer Reports]
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  1. mopar_man says:

    The CPSC wants to make it illegal sell a product after the announcement of a recall.

    Wal-Mart is doomed!

  2. dbeahn says:

    I think most of these are years overdue already. But then, for this to happen, Congress would have to do something right.

    Currently they’re having trouble just with the “do something” part, let alone the “right” modifier…

  3. notebook says:

    At this point, I have no confidence in the White house, nor anyone else in the capital.
    Though, I hope that this will pass. Maybe they can use all the incidents that have been happening over the last few months to fuel the push for these new laws. Because sadly, at the time, human safety is being bought out. And that really sucks.

  4. Bourque77 says:

    This would be great if it happened. With the recent recalls, food scares, and chinese import bashing a variation of what they want might be passed. No matter what your political stance both sides get paid by very large companies that will be affected by this so I cant say I expect much from the weasels in dc on this.

  5. azntg says:

    I know the representatives and the senators from my state will support it. And I hope everyone else will support it.

    Yet, I have a feeling that Congressmen from many other states won’t. Much less the White House.

  6. nysports says:

    It would be nice if the commission had a permanent chairperson though or made someone there permanent so they could go back to actually being able to enforce other stuff a well as do all this great new stuff (should it get passed)