CONGRESS PASSES CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT CONFERENCE REPORT

On July 31, 2008 the Senate passed the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act of 2008 Conference Report, to establish and modernize product safety standards and other safety requirements for children’s products. The bill must now be sent to the President to be enacted.

Highlights of the text of the Conference Report are listed below.

Progressive ban on children’s products containing certain amounts of lead

Any children’s product (intended for use by children aged seven years or younger) containing more than a certain amount of lead would be treated as a banned hazardous substance under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

General lead paint standard to be come more stringent

Lead paint standard to be reduced to a maximum of .009% from .06% of the weight of the total non-volatile content of the weight of dried paint film.

Safety rules, registration, labelling for cribs, highchairs, strollers

Not later than 1 year after its enactment, H.R. 4040 would require the CPSC to commence rulemaking and promulgate consumer product safety rules every six months for no fewer than 2 categories of durable infant or toddler products that are substantially the same or more stringent than the voluntary standards for such products.

Consumer registration, recordkeeping, labelling

Manufacturers of durable infant/toddler products would be required to:

  • Provide consumers with postage-paid registration form with each such product to facilitate recalls or safety alerts
  • Maintain a record of the contact information of consumers who register their ownership
  • Permanently place the manufacturer name and contact information, model name and number, and date of manufacture on the product

A complete version of the CPSC Reform Act of 2008 may be viewed at following link.
CPSC Reform Act