CPSC Delays Most Of CPSIA By One Year

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) has been delayed for one year for crafters, children’s garment manufacturers and toy makers by the CPSC. Instead of just giving specific exemption for like libraries and Etsy peeps, the CPSC decided to kick the can down the road. At least, however, the lead paint ban and lead in children’s jewelry standards will still go into effect.

CPSC votes for one-year CPSIA delay on certain products [Consumer Reports]


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  1. proskills says:

    What a great day! I never wanted any of those child toy companies to be held responsible for harmful toxins in kid’s toys anyways!

    • Sidecutter says:

      @proskills: You’re either a troll, or willfully ignorant of the glaring failures this piece of legislation is riddled with.

      • BlackMage is doing the Time Warp agaaaaaaain!!! says:


        I think it’s a little of both.

        “…the lead paint ban and lead in children’s jewelry standards will still go into effect.”

        There isn’t a complete failure of testing lead in children’s toys. What the delay in this legislation is bringing is a more intelligent and logical approach to the problem. In the orginal bill, thrift shops and small-time toy manufacturers, even those whom only deal with wooden, unpainted toys, would have been forced to test for lead. This would have run thousands of stores out of business; not something you want happening in an rec-/depr-ession

  2. Corporate-Shill says:

    Thank GOD the lead paint ban will still go into effect.

  3. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    Thank God they’re delaying the law until it can be made more sensible. Now I can at least wait until my baby ARRIVES before frantically stocking up on high-quality small-maker toys before the CPSC kicks them all off the market with a poorly-conceived law!

    • kateblack says:

      @Eyebrows McGee: The law is still going into effect as is — they’re just promising a “stay of enforcement” for a year.

      That means on February 10th, all of these small handcrafters, librarians, children’s boutique owners, etc will all still be felons, but the CPSC is promising not to prosecute yet.

  4. Rachacha says:

    And this is why Congress should have let the experts in these areas (CPSC) develop the laws, rather than writing impossible requirements without considering any of the drawbacks to their requirements.

  5. Con Seannery blames Facebook for the recession says:

    PRAISE JESUS! This law is just plain stupid. The only thing it does is run the small guys out of business and harm the economy. Government at work…

  6. evilhapposai says:

    “Well we failed having video games banned on their violent, evil, corrupting content again. Darn you first amendment. Wait! Video games have lead in them, right? Video games are marketed to kids, right?”


  7. oneliketadow says:

    I bet people were dancing in the streets of Beijing as this was announced.

  8. Suaveydavey says:

    First the digital transition gets delayed and now this? I was all set to begin offering my black-market children’s toys– so much for that money making opportunity.

  9. obfusciatrist says:

    So the resellers can continue for a year knowing they won’t be fined/punished by CPSC but still be completely exposed to any civil lawsuits filed because they didn’t do testing anyway?

    If I were a retailer I’d still be unwilling to take on the risk.

  10. MooseOfReason says:

    I’m sure large companies wouldn’t mind certifying their products and passing the extra cost onto the consumer.

    But what about all the small businesses that sell toys, books, or clothing?

    The law calls for mandatory testing and certification marks. What if those businesses can’t afford all those costs?